Thinking of others: Camden MP Chris Patterson presents a NSW Carers Award to Narellan Vale couple Robyn and Martin McAulay. Picture: Jonathan NgNarellan Vale’s Robyn and Martin McAulay already had three children, but they saw nothing wrong with opening their arms to another two children in need.
The couple are foster parents to two boys, aged five-and-a-half and 21 months, who both have some form of disability and they have won a NSW Carers Award for their dedication to helping others.
Mrs McAulay said she and her husband did not do what they did for accolades.
She said they started off as respite carers and then decided to take on foster children with disabilities full time as well as caring for their own children, aged 16, 13, and nine.
‘‘The two children we have are long-term fosters,’’ Mrs McAulay said.
‘‘They’re just a part of the family.
‘‘With our own kids, we always sit down with them and include them in the decision making because it’s their home as well.’’
Mrs McAulay said looking after five children, two of whom with a disability, could be tricky.
‘‘It can be quite a juggling act trying to get everybody where they need to be,’’ she said.
‘‘We get great support from the network around us with family and friends offering to put their hand up to help, especially if [the younger foster child] has had a stint in hospital.’’
She said the young boy had heart problems and needed regular check ups at hospitals in the city.
While Mr McAulay works fulltime, she looks after the children as well as benefiting from supprt groups like Heart Kids Australian and Aussie Club Foot Kids.
Mrs McAulay said they also receive valuable support from their foster agency Life Without Barriers.
‘‘They’re always on the look out for more carers,’’ she said.
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