Recruitment & Specialist Services
Melissa is a proud Wiradjuri woman, primarily raised and living on Darug and Gundungurra country in Western Sydney, NSW. With over a decade of experience within the Out-of-Home Care sector, she has developed a strong understanding of the many issues our kids and families face, and a great deal about the human condition;
“It has shown me the absolute worst and the very best in people” says Melissa.
Melissa holds a strong belief in the power and necessity of healing the many levels of transgenerational trauma that our people experience. She is a staunch advocate for getting help when you need it, and ending the cycle of trauma;
“Changing our communities starts with changing ourselves, for our future, for the future of our children and our grand babies to come.” says Melissa
She hopes to find safe home for every child she works with, through empowering families through their strengths through our Family Preservation program, or helping a child become a part of a family which promotes a sense of belonging, through our Foster Care Program. She hopes to empower our children and young people to reach the greatest heights and achieve anything they set out to do.
Melissa started in 2008 as the Administration Officer for the first office of Narang Bir-rong Aboriginal Corporation, in a small house at the back of St Marys. Ever since, she has climbed the ranks, from Caseworker to Casework Manager, Carer Recruitment Worker, to Carer Recruitment Manager, and now Senior Manager.
Melissa holds a Diploma in Community Services from TAFE NSW.
Our Foster Care Stories
Sharing the stories of our foster carers allows us to tell you about the real impact our community has. The patience, compassion and perseverance of our carers are truly inspiring, and show how we can bring tangible and positive change to the lives of children and young people in our care.
Bree and Justin
With three adult children of their own, Bree and Justin felt like they had more to give as parents. Raising their own biological children was just the start. By becoming foster carers they committed to helping as many children as they could.Read more
An extended family
Julie and Dean
Becoming foster carers had been on Julie and Dean’s mind for some time, but life had always got in the way. When they were in their 50s, they decided that it was the right time to open their home and provide a safe environment to kids who needed it.Read more
A carer by nature
At a crossroads in her life, Dianna was deciding what to do next when her friend suggested she become a foster carer as she had always been such a wonderful mother. This simple conversation gave her the courage to become a foster carer.Read more