IT'S NO easy task to love and care for someone else's child.
But every day for the past eight years, Vicky Whyte from Cartwright has done it with open arms and a loving heart.
She is a foster mum to two boys with special needs from multicultural backgrounds.
Her eldest, aged eight, has been in her care since he was 15 months old.
Suffering from a global development delay, the half Russian, half Bengali boy of Jewish faith has been in the care of the state since he was 12 weeks old.
Ms Whyte also has a five-year-old Tongan boy of Mormon faith who was born with a rare genetic disease.
Without access to the child's medical history, all Ms Whyte knows about the condition is the symptoms that she deals with every day.
She said the disease related to a partial missing chromosome.
He cannot walk or talk, or feed himself. He is not toilet trained and still sleeps in a cot.
"I have two kids that suffered severe neglect, but I have seen a huge result," she said.
"It's amazing what love can do for these children."
Ms Whyte said it was a big responsibility to take on, but the reward she felt when watching them grow and develop their own personalities was worth it.
"It melts my heart when my boys smile at me. I get to watch them progress day by day," she said.
"I look at them sometimes and think, "Oh your poor thing, you have all the problems of the world", but their disabilities don't get them down. I have the two happiest boys who love to laugh and smile."
Ms Whyte, who has three of her own children, said being a foster parent was no easy task.
"You really have to have that love and compassion in you," she said.
"People who think they can just do it for the money need to realise that you have another person's child in your care and you are accountable for the well-being and safe keep of that child.
"It takes heart and dedication, and your work will be cut out for you each and every day."
Over the past eight years, Ms Whyte has had 31 children in her care. She said the saddest thing was always saying good-bye.