For the past 40 years foster carers have been looking after the North East's most vulnerable children.
And Upper Murray Family Care, who was initially started as a foster care agency in 1979, celebrated on Thursday the hundreds of foster carers who have cared for thousands of local children during that time.
Chief executive Luke Rumbold said the past four decades the organisation has seen "nothing but good stories".
"When we think about it that is 40 years and there is nothing but good stories and what does that tell you about the type of people who care for these children," he said.
"And how better is our community because of what those foster carers have done.
"I know every person will have personal stories to share about the beautiful children who they have come through their doors.
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"And that is what I keep telling my mob at work that we should be telling more stories because there are amazing foster stories out there.
"The majority of foster stories that do get out aren't very good and that is why we need to celebrate 40 years of UMFC and our fabulous carers in our community."
Carer management team leader Jeanine Aughey said the organisation was started to ensure children weren't sent to Melbourne for foster care.
"Back then kids that couldn't live in home would have to go to institutions in Melbourne so the idea of developing Upper Murray Family Care was so kids could remain in their community," she said.
"So that is so important that for 40 years kids have been able to stay near home while in care.
"It has changed and developed over that time including what carers did and how they were supported over that time."
Ms Aughey said more than 60 past and present carers celebrated the milestone at Huon Hill in Wodonga with the very first foster carer in attendance.
"We have foster carers who have been with us for 12 months and for more than 20 years," she said.
"It is pretty special to get them all together as well and share their stories together.
"A lot of them have seen more than 300 children come through their doors and that is an achievement in itself.
"But we always need more carers for local kids."
For more information on foster carer visit umfc.com.au or call 6055 8000.