Easy English fact sheets for parents dealing with the child protection system. Advice from parents with experience.

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Ask for help, you can do it

What I want to say to other parents:

Its OK to ask for help.
Its OK to not feel OK.
Its OK to talk to community services. They can help.

I have had Community Services in my life since I was 3.
When I was a child it was hard to answer the questions.
I was moved in and out of my parent’s home 8 times.
It was awful.

When I was pregnant with my 1st child I

  • didnt have much support at home
  • I was depressed and anxious
  • I used drugs and alcohol

My child was 3 days old when Community Services decided to take my child.

Now I have 2 children in care and I have 1 child with me.
I have the support I need now.

Last year I had a very hard time coping.
I could not care for my child the way I wanted.
I had to do what was best for my child.

I told the Community services caseworker.
They helped me to change my support services.
We made sure they were giving me the right support.
They found somewhere for my child to live for 2 months while I sorted some things out for myself.
I still saw my child 4 times a week.
I got to say where I wanted my child to stay.

My child came home to me.

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