A life of pain and neglect
Both their parents were drug users with extensive criminal histories. William initially came to the attention of authorities when he was found crawling, unsupervised, on the road outside his house. He was just 12 months old!
The siblings had witnessed their mother sustain a broken jaw as a result of domestic violence. And many times, they were accidentally hurt during their parent’s bitter fights.
Before they found sanctuary with their foster parents and Act for Kids, William and Sara had anything but a normal childhood. They rarely attended school, and when they did, it was William who got them there.
How we helped
In therapy with Act for Kids, William and Sara have had a safe space to discuss their trauma and their feelings about their troubled past. They have been able to communicate to their Act for Kids Psychologist that they no longer feel safe to have contact with their mother. We advocated to have their wishes considered when making decisions around family reunification.
The good news is that their child protection case worker heard us, and recommended long-term guardianship to their foster carers: a wonderful couple who adore the children.
A long road ahead
Today, thanks to Act for Kids and the wonderful support of people like you, they are growing up in a loving family environment.
Tragically, there are many more children just like William and Sara enduring horrific abuse and neglect. Despite cases being under-reported* there were more than 45,000 Australian children abused and neglected in just one year alone.