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CEO Act for Kids
" 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. Jackson came into this world faced with not only physical but also emotional challenges and circumstances to overcome.
Now three years old, Jackson is very small for his age due to the substance abuse he suffered in the womb and has experienced delays in his cognitive development, speech and language and fine motor skills.
When Jackson came to Act for Kids he was given a place in the Early Education Program and provided with specialist support from the integrated therapy team. Our team worked with Jackson on a range of activities to develop his fine and gross motor skills, cultural awareness and protective behaviours and also provided neurophysiological support.
Despite Jackson’s difficulty with speech and challenges to communicate verbally, he learnt to enjoy these social interactions and was interested and engaged in learning more.
At the end of the year, Jackson was able to successfully transition to a mainstream community early education setting – a major accomplishment! Jackson’s carers are happy with how he is coping and Act for Kids will continue to provide support to Jackson as his needs change throughout his early development.
With your help, Jackson has overcome some major obstacles and is now able to attend his local day-care and experience a stable and happy childhood, so thank you!
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Child protection Australia 2016-17
" Of the more than 40,000 kids who experience substantiated abuse and neglect in Australia, the majority (40%) experience emotional abuse, followed by neglect (28%). "
Abuse and neglect can impact a child’s brain development, how they feel and think about themselves, how successful they are at school, even their physical development and skills. In the long term this can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, difficulty developing and maintaining good relationships, unemployment and all sorts of social disadvantages.
We can’t do this important work without your help. We rely heavily on donations to support our intensive therapy programs for abused and neglected kids, and early support for families at risk. Your donation will help us keep our doors open and expand our services.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Every donation, big or small, combines to make a real difference.CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW
Your generosity means we can continue providing our integrated therapy programs for abused and neglected kids, and support services for families.
Becoming a Kids’ Crusader and donating monthly is the best way to help us help kids and families – it means we can direct funds where they’re needed most and make the biggest impact over time.
As an employee, workplace giving enables you to make a regular donation to Act for Kids through your payroll, directly from your pre-tax pay. This means that you receive an immediate tax saving as it reduces your taxable income.
By leaving a bequest to Act for Kids, you can make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect. By including Act for Kids in your will, you offer a gift of hope to future generations and you will help us give abused and neglected children the chance to lead safe, happy and fulfilling lives.
Dr Neil Carrington
Act for Kids
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.
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.
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.