Cindy Brooks has seven foster children. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Cindy Brooks has seven foster children. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

Mum to 28 has a lot of love to give

AFTER her four children left the nest, Lockyer Waters mum Cindy Brooks felt she still had love to give.

Almost seven years ago, Mrs Brooks and husband Reg decided they could help other children in need of a safe home and loving family.

"I've fostered 24 children over seven years," she said.

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"It's something I wanted to do for a long time - I think it's important for kids to have stability and a safe place to stay.

"The reward is being able to help them, see them come ahead and mature, and learn to love again."

The grandmother of 13 is currently the long-term carer of seven children and says her household is always kept busy.

"There's never a dull moment," she said.

"But they grow in your heart ... I wouldn't have it any other way.

"I keep in touch with all my foster kids and it's lovely to be able to see them achieve."

Mrs Brooks said Foster Care Queensland was always looking for more people to help care for children in need.

"Every child is different and has different needs. My advice would be to look at it like that and adjust your parenting style to suit," she said.

"Our oldest is 13 and youngest is three so it keeps you active.

"Having been a parent before helps, I think, but anyone can foster. There's always a need for more carers."

To find out more about foster care, phone 1300 550 877 or visit http://www.fcq.com.au.



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