For West Ulverstone couple Leah and Eli Revell becoming foster carers was the most rewarding decision they have ever made.
Over three years they have welcomed 10 children into their home from as young as 10 months to 13-years-old for as long as a night to eight months.
They have been on camping trips, had family barbecues and game nights and provided a sense of routine and stability for the children.
"We don't have children of our own so for us it is having children in our life and being able to share our life with them and them with us," Mrs Revell said.
"Also, for us it is seeing the difference we can make to the children.
"It has been far bigger than we could have ever imagined and that gives us the encouragement to keep going and having more children come and stay."
The couple were thinking about being foster carers for about 10 years before they made the decision to jump on board with Life Without Barriers.
"We have achieved many things in our personal and professional lives over the years but becoming foster carers is the one we are most proud of," Mrs Revell said.
"You have to be very patient and understanding, but we have had some amazing laughs and incredible times.
"They are looking for stability and for patient, kind and caring people to be able to look after them and that is really important. Even if they come for the weekend they have such incredible personalities that we miss them all when they go."
This week is Foster and Kinship Carer Week and Life Without Barriers is paying tribute to its Tasmanian carers whose contribution often goes unacknowledged.
"Foster and kinship carers make a remarkable difference by providing children with a positive and family-based home environment," Tasmania's regional director Paul Cairns said. "It is a challenging but rewarding role."
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Mr Cairns said they needed more carers for older children and teenagers in need.
"We know that many people who become foster carers often have a notion of wanting to care for babies and preschool aged children, but there is so much joy and reward in providing a safe, supportive home for teenagers who can't live with their parents," he said.
"Like all children in care, some teens in care have a trauma history and additional needs, along with the usual challenges of adolescence.
"However our Tasmanian carers really are invested in building relationships with the older children in their care, guiding them, keeping them safe and helping them make the best decisions as they grow older and move closer to adulthood.
"Teenagers are looking for reliable, dependable adults in their life who can give them boundaries while giving them the space to explore who they are."
Life Without Barriers is running an online information session at 5.30pm on September 27 for all interested in opening their heart and home to a child, teenager or sibling group in need.
To register visit www.bit.ly/TASWebinar-Sept2021
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