Molly Fergus sacrificed many of the fun things her peers were doing at the age of 22 to become a foster mother to kids with complex needs.
She’s fostered 36 vulnerable children in the six years since, from newborns to teenagers to high-need infants, and is having a significant effect on their lives.
Often juggling more than one child, Molly even takes on emergency care of children with little or no warning.
Molly became a foster mum while working full-time as an early childhood education and disability carer. She began with kids in respite and hospital-in-the-home programs, providing help at the most challenging times, including palliative care, seizure support and resuscitation.
She resigned from this work in late 2022 to focus her care on a foster child requiring around-the-clock help.
Previously a volunteer for the state’s Country Fire Authority, Molly is currently studying nursing and a volunteer for Victoria’s State Emergency Service.