Life couldn't have been much busier for Fiona Scholtz-Talbot and her husband when they first thought about becoming foster carers.
The couple had six children, the youngest just four years old, when Fiona came across a flyer advertising the need for foster carers in the area.
"I thought, 'Gee, they must really be desperate for carers if they're leaving flyers', so I picked up the phone and called," says Fiona. "The rest, as they say, is history."
Fiona and her husband have been carers for 14 years now, welcoming children into their home for short term, long term and permanent care.
While being carers has certainly had its challenges, Fiona says it's easy to find joy every day in the children and young people.
It stems from a range of different experiences, such as when they say their tummy is full for the first time, or when they develop into strong and independent young adults. Fiona says the greatest joy however, is when children are able to be reunited with their families.
When asked what she would say to someone considering becoming a foster career, Fiona said "Just go in and have a talk to the recruitment team.
"It's not as scary as you think and the support team at Brophy are fantastic. You can choose what will work for you and your home. If you are thinking about it, you can do it."
Fiona will be appearing at Human Library 3280, where you can 'borrow' her and hear her story of foster caring, learn more about her vocation as a death doula, and ask any questions you may have.
The Human Library will be held at 12pm on Sunday October 6 at the Warrnambool Library. To find out more, visit Human Library 3280 on Facebook.
To find out more about becoming a foster carer, call the Brophy Foster Care recruitment team on 5561 8888 or find them on Facebook.