We are appealing to the local community to help find loving, nurturing, and devoted homes for three children in need through our Permanent Care program.
Connections’ Permanent Care program facilitates the placement of children, who are unable to live with their family of origin, due to risk or experience of serious abuse, neglect, or harm.
Leo (8) and his sister Minnie (6) have been living in care together for over four years. They are currently with a foster family, but we are desperate to find the right 'forever family' for these two very special kids.
Both children have some trauma related behaviours due to early life experiences, but are engaged with a therapeutic service and attend weekly counselling sessions. Like so many brothers and sisters, Leo and Minnie love talking about one another, and obtain comfort from each other when it comes to new situations.
Luca (12) has been living with his grandmother for two years now, but things are now at the stage where she is unable to continue caring for him. Luca is in Grade 5 and has been assessed with a mild form of Autism Spectrum Disorder. He enjoys school and doesn't require an aide in class, and is emotionally mature.
All three of the children have specific requirements around contact with their remaining family members.
Program Leader Prue Walker believes many members of the local community are unaware of the need for permanent care families, particularly for older children and siblings.
"It is important that couples wanting to start a family realise there are other options out there that exist beyond traditional methods,” said Ms Walker.
“All of the children who come through our program are longing for loving and caring families. They each have their own unique stories but unfortunately, they have all had an unstable start to their lives.
“We are calling out to anybody who thinks they may have room in their lives to provide these special children with a home, to make contact with us today,” said Ms Walker.
For more information about Connections' Permanent Care program, visit unitingconnections.org.au/foreverfamily or call us on 03 9521 5666.