Following are real case studies which have been deidentified to protect the privacy of the children involved. Please take a moment to read how vulnerables lives can be turned around with the help of intensive therapy.
10 year old Jared suffered significant neglect living with his mother who had mental health problems. His life was unpredictable, he rarely attended school and often became angry.
Five-year-old Maddie was physically, emotionally and verbally abused by her parents from birth, witnessing severe domestic violence and substance abuse, including Ice.
At eight years old, Ethan’s family had already been the subject of over 30 domestic violence reports.
For the first six years of his little life, eight-year-old Aiden was beaten, burned, threatened, and degraded.
When authorities removed four-year-old Ava and three-year-old Zach from their parents, the siblings left with nothing but the dirty clothes on their backs.
Jackson was removed from his parents and placed into care within the first few weeks of his little life. He was born substance-addicted and experienced withdrawals from the moment he was born.
Four-year-old Samuel was born into a home that was rife with domestic violence. His journey with abuse started while he was still in the womb. His mother Michelle fell pregnant as a teen and was herself a victim of extreme domestic violence at the hands of Samuel’s father.
Burned with cigarettes, bitten and sexually abused by multiple adults, physically abused and neglected by his mum, Dean was taken into care at six years old.
This little family were residing in a women’s refuge after bravely fleeing from Domestic Violence. Although they had escaped immediate danger they still faced numerous barriers to achieving safety and wellbeing.
Neglected and scared, four-and-a-half year old Lacey-Jane began running away from prep school.
At three years old Thomas could barely walk or speak, and his body was covered in scratches.
When mum got drunk, Jessica, aged three, would hide for hours in a darkened stairwell to try and avoid being beaten.
Emma was only 7 years old when she came to Act for Kids but she had lived in lots of different places. Her disruptive childhood convinced Emma that she was the problem and that no one loved her.
At four years old, Grace experienced an extremely traumatic removal from her parents during which she witnessed violence, verbal abuse and threats. She had been exposed to domestic and family violence for years, parental drug use and was severely neglected.
At four years old, Caleb was frequently left home alone for long periods of time, had been exposed to drug production in his home and did not have an attachment to any one adult.
Obsessed and anxious, nine year old Chloe struggles to make sense of her traumatic childhood.
Brodie was just four years old when he came to Act for Kids. He had lived through four long years of being chronically neglected by his parents.
Luke, aged four, was found alone in an empty room at home. He had been horrendously neglected and could barely speak.
Five year old Josh saw his mum brutally stabbed by his father – causing him to suffer horrific nightmares long after the family was safe.
Melissa was only 7 years old and her older sister Jasmine 13, when they had witnessed and experienced significant trauma in their lives. They were exposed to substance abuse, domestic violence and neglect.
17 year old Lisa grew up experiencing severe physical and emotional abuse. She was hit, slapped and forced to perform physical labour…