Dylan’s* behaviour was out of control when he came to live with his grandparents at age 11. He was aggressive, manipulative and pushed every boundary he could. His parents’ unending pursuit of heroin meant he missed most of his schooling.
Once referred to Mission Australia, he received one-on-one tutoring and attended our homework club to get his education back on track. He’s now calm in class and thrives off the praise he receives for helping other students.
Lucy was permanently in self-defence mode
Lucy* came into the care of her grandparents at age five. An entire lifetime of neglect left her emotionally scarred and unable to communicate properly. Her school thought she was just a troublemaker.
Case manager Kim helped wrap Lucy’s desperate family in a blanket of support. Lucy received vital counselling, and her grandparents and teachers learnt to care for her needs. She’s now much more stable, is making friends, and is enjoying her childhood for the first time.
Extreme childhood trauma left Troy* with very high emotional needs, and he ran out of schools that would accept him before he turned 14.
With the help of our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program and a private tutor, Troy was able to complete his schooling at home. We also paid for driving lessons for Troy. He recently gained his licence, giving him a newfound independence.
He’s now confident leaving the house and drives himself to TAFE where he’s studying and working towards getting a job.
When children are removed from their parents, the responsibility for raising them sometimes falls to their grandparents. Imagine being ready to retire, then being hit with the news that you now need to raise your traumatised grandchild.
Will you please help vulnerable Australian children and their grandparents by donating today? Your gift will assist children and their grandparent carers to navigate the unique challenges they face at home, at school and in the community, and help them to lead happy, hope-filled lives.
Mission Australia has been helping people move towards independence for more than 155 years, and our commitment to this vital work has never been stronger.
Thanks to your support, together we helped 140,639 people in 2017 by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.
In 2017, 88.8% of our income went straight back into delivering services that assisted vulnerable Australians.
We appreciate every single donation we receive, and ensure that every dollar goes where it is needed most.
^Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association – Mental Health Policy Position Paper (2015).
*All client names and images have been changed to protect the identities of the people Mission Australia helps