Jared’s Story

" 10 year old Jared suffered significant neglect living with his mother who was experiencing mental health problems. His life was unpredictable, he rarely attended school and often became angry. "

Sadly, children who are abused and neglected can find it difficult to interact positively with other people or express themselves in words. They struggle to understand their feelings and frequently feel overwhelmed.

Angry and alone

10-year old Jared was used to looking after himself, and not depending on anyone.

He would get very angry if anyone demanded anything of him, or inconvenienced him in any way.  He rarely attended school, and when he did, nothing much made sense so he was regularly in trouble.

Help arrives.....

At 10, Jared was reunited with his father, and a referral was made to Act for Kids WSITS (Western Sydney Integrated Therapy Services) by his child protection caseworker to support successful placement.

" Although he looks like any other little boy, the trauma he suffered has left scars that will last a lifetime without ongoing therapy. "

How we helped.....

The team at Act for Kids provided trauma therapy to help Jared to make sense of his feelings and processes his experiences, in an effort to heal some of the trauma he had experienced throughout his young life.

When Jared was coping better emotionally and feeling supported, he identified school was very hard for him as he couldn’t read and keep up with his peers, but he liked learning new things.

" The future is looking bright for Jared...... "

Jared is now really enjoying working with our speech pathologist to improve his language and literacy.  Jared is excited every week by how much he is learning, and is reporting more and more successes at school.  Jared’s father is often expressing his gratitude at the support they have received, and the hope they now have for a happy and successful family life.

Abuse and neglect

" Many children experience multiple forms of abuse and neglect. "

The majority (54%) experience emotional abuse, followed by neglect (21%). 15% experience physical abuse and 10% experience sexual abuse.

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 disadvantage.

Early intervention makes a world of difference

It takes a lot of hard work to heal little hearts. Although Jared continues to improve, he still struggles with anxiety and will need long-term support to help his overcome the years of abuse and neglect. He’s experienced a lot of trauma in his short life, but with continued support and positive reinforcement, Jared will go on to express himself with confidence, engage in conversations, and no longer be filled with fear.

Thank you for helping us to keep kids like Jared safe, heal from trauma and live happier lives.

How you can help

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.

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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.

Workplace giving

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.

Donate in your will

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.

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    If you have any questions or would like to access our free counselling and support, please call us directly to discuss or make an appointment.

    Completed referral forms can be accessed from the services section on our website and email to
    mail@actforkids.com.au or call 07 3850 3200

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