Imagine for just a moment, you are 7 years old. You come home from school one Friday to find the Police at your house, and you can hear your parents yelling from down the street. As you enter the front door, a hand grabs you by the shoulder and stops you…
You are told you can’t stay here anymore, it’s not safe. You can only see your parents through the uniformed Police Officer holding them back. There is no sign of your two little sisters. Next thing you know you are in a car on the way to the hospital for a ‘check up’. Finally someone is going to look at that painful sore on your foot.
After hours at the hospital, you are taken again in the car and dropped at someone’s house. They say they will look after you. You stand there in the clothes you wore to school, no shoes, no toys, nothing from your home. Confused, alone.
Backpacks 4 Aussie Kids Inc., aims to lessen this impact ever so slightly by providing the child with belongings of their own. A new backpack, clothing, underwear, pyjamas, toiletries, torch, small toys, books, and a teddy and soft blankie to cuddle with.
It’s not much really, but it’s something for this child to have that belongs only to them. No matter if they are sent home in 3 days, or stay in care for 5 years, their journey has begun with items that are theirs.
Foster Carers do an amazing job caring for our vulnerable children and youth. Sometimes children are dropped at their homes in the middle of the night, with nothing but a nappy, and usually with no more than an hours warning that a child is coming.
As a Carer myself, I understand how difficult the first few days are. That’s why the backpacks include small activities that the carer and child can do together, to get to know each other a little.
We need your help though. Without funding we struggle to get the bags across the country to where they are needed. Toiletries and underwear must be purchased brand new, and backpacks need to be good quality to last.
You CAN make a difference.
A huge thank you to Despina from Backpacks 4 Aussie Kids Inc. for today’s guest post. Child welfare is something that is very dear to our hearts here at KID independent and we hope you’ll get into the Christmas giving spirit and help out Depina’s amazing organisation.