Mia and Hayden

" 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 well being. "

At Act for Kids, we not only help children who have experienced abuse or neglect, but we also work with families that are at risk of harm. The following is a true story and an example of how a parent can overcome trauma to create a positive future for themselves and their children when services like Act for Kids walk alongside them.

Desperate for safety

Some time ago, a young mum and her two young toddlers, three-year-old Mia and two-year-old Hayden* were referred to Act for Kids Intensive Family Support. 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 well being.

At Act for Kids they were supported by a Family Support Practitioner, a Domestic and Family Violence Specialist, and an In-Home Support Worker. At our first meeting, Mum expressed a desire to return home to her family for Christmas. At Act for Kids, we worked with Mum and her kids as well as linking in with their extended family to create a Safety Plan that enabled the young family to spend Christmas with their loved ones.

Anxious and afraid

Getting back on track

" Our Intensive Family Support team focused on linking them in other local services that could further help them on their journey to overcoming the domestic violence they’d escaped. "

Some of these services included support for subsidised housing, counselling for the mother and Mia, a parenting program for Mum, a physical fitness program for women who have experienced domestic violence and a school readiness program for Mia.

For a short while, Act for Kids helped Mum and the kids to get around to their various appointments, but with our support Mum quickly obtained her license and with it, her freedom.

Where are they now?

Now, over a year later, this little family is thriving. They are immersed in the community, with a small group of friends and attending community events. The children are attending day care and Mum has recently started studying at TAFE. Mum now has a license, a car and is debt free – something she could only have dreamed about! They have moved into a rental property and have turned it into a home. Although the effects of trauma still lingers in all three of their lives Act for Kids has observed an immense improvement in their emotional well being.

Before saying goodbye to Mum, Mia and Hayden, we supported them in creating a Safety Plan for them to follow in the event that the perpetrator finds them. Along with this plan, the family was provided with a Domestic Violence Emergency Pack.

" Although the effects of trauma still lingers in all three of their lives Act for Kids has observed a big improvement in their emotional well being. "

The response of Act for Kids and the other services involved have rewritten the story of this family. It was such a privilege to walk alongside this brave young mother in her journey to achieving safety and wellbeing for her children. Now, Mia and Hayden will go on to experience a safe and happy childhood, free from harm and able to experience the childhood they deserve.

*Names changed to protect privacy.

The bigger problem

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Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Child protection Australia 2016-17

Early intervention makes a world of difference

The response of Act for Kids and the other services involved have rewritten the story of this family. It was such a privilege to walk alongside this brave young mother in her journey to achieving safety and wellbeing for her children. Now, Mia and Hayden will go on to experience a safe and happy childhood, free from harm and able to experience the childhood they deserve.

*Names changed to protect privacy.

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Dr Neil Carrington

CEO
Act for Kids

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