A single mother of five children between the ages of nine and seventeen – including a youngest son with complex needs – Selina was, in her words, feeling ‘utterly hopeless.’
Stress was rising in the household, Child Protection became involved in their lives, and Selina’s mental health and her children’s wellbeing were greatly impacted.
Then Selina met one of our family Services practitioners, Natalie.
Natalie listened to Selina, with empathy and without judgement, helping to build Selina’s capacity to self-advocate. Together, they created goals for the family, settling on strategies to support the children and Selina’s own wellbeing.
Natalie supported Selina to engage with her children’s school and other services, and secured access to aid and support that made the family’s home better equipped to meet their needs. Natalie also worked with Selina to choose future goals for her and her family.
Selina now says she feels 'like the best mother (she) can be.'
Natalie describes Selina as 'one of the most resilient people (she has) ever met.'
Child Protection is no longer involved in Selina’s life and her five children are thriving. Selina is starting her own haircare business. She’s also built a loyal following on social media, sharing lessons learned about motherhood and life.
This is just one example of how we empower families so that children and young people can thrive. Your donation means we can continue our life-changing work for families like Selina’s.