Bathurst mother-of-three Julie Everson was awarded the inaugural Veritas House Central West Foster Carer of the Year award on Wednesday.
With 58 carers across the Central West, Ms Everson humbly accepted the award.
“It was lovely to get the award,” she said.
“It’s really humbling. Everyone in foster care deserves an award.
“I appreciate it and I can’t recommend it [foster care] enough.”
Foster caring was something that Ms Everson had wanted to do for years but the timing was not right.
She moved from Penrith to Bathurst four years and began foster caring three years ago.
“When I moved to Bathurst, I realised it was the time to start doing foster caring,” she said.
“It’s hard work but rewarding to see them blossom and to see kids be kids and enjoy life.”
She is currently caring for a three-year-old.
Over the past three years she has cared for 10 children, including a mix of teenagers, babies and toddlers.
“I’ve even cared for four at one time,” she said.
“I’ve always been with Veritas. I drove past them one day, gave them a go and I haven’t looked back.”
Ms Everson trained as a teacher aid before she moved to Bathurst.