BECOMING a foster carer has changed Sharon Armbrust's life dramatically — and she wouldn't have it any other way.
Along with her 25-year-old daughter, Jess Ms Armbrust became a foster parent to a young boy with special needs earlier this year through MacKillop Family Services.
"You get so much more out of it than you put in," the St Marys resident said.
"The joy is unbelievable."
Ms Armbrust was in foster care as a child and always wanted to give something back by becoming a carer herself.
Her daughter was more than happy to sign on for the challenge.
"The process was more in-depth than I thought it would be," Jess said. "You really have to open up your lives to it — but it's so worth it.
Ms Armbrust said when it was suggested she and her daughter take on a child with higher needs it didn't faze them.
"I believe all kids in care have had a hard time but I was drawn to helping a child who needed extra care," she said.
MacKillop Family Services seeks foster carers in the St Marys, Mount Druitt and Penrith areas to open their homes to some of the state's most vulnerable children.
Carers get comprehensive training, increased financial support and regular breaks.
Details: 8881 4800.