It’s another Christmas for Alfie and Harry. Another year of sadness and fear. Your donation this Christmas can help these twins to find a home, somewhere safe where they can stay for more than just a few days.
While every Christmas brings extra challenges to children who have been separated from their families for the saddest of reasons, this year we are dealing with a crisis.
We are seeing more and more Australian children living in a series of short-term placements where they are cared for by a rotating roster of adults in residential homes, or sometimes even motels. Children who need stability and warmth are left without a home.
Earlier this year twin brothers Alfie and Harry were removed from the house of their mother and stepfather as it was not a safe place for two young boys. They had witnessed violence and drug use and little love and care. It was not a happy place for these boys, who felt unsafe and unloved.
Sadly, their story doesn’t get better. Several people tried to find a home for Alfie and Harry. But these boys who had already experienced so much trauma, pain and loss were bounced around between placements and found nowhere to call home.
Our Care Coordinator, Stacey Brown explains: “Unfortunately, this happens way too often. Unable to find appropriate places for our young children to live we are constantly having to make choices about how best to support these children who are struggling with the effects of trauma.”
At MacKillop we are doing everything we can to find a stable place for the twins to live, so they can develop healthy and secure relationships and reduce the stress of being moved so often.
Donate this Christmas and you will make a bigger difference to Alfie and Harry than any number of toys and games. Your gift will help find them the long-term home they yearn for and to recover from the difficulties they’ve experienced.