About Act For Kids
Act for Kids is an Australian charity providing free therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of child abuse and neglect.
They have helped thousands of children and families for over 28 years and operate 22 centres with a team of over 300 staff from Adelaide all the way up to the Cape York Peninsula. Their services include integrated therapy, support for vulnerable families, special workshops to empower kids and safe houses in remote Aboriginal communities.
Child Abuse and Neglect in Australia
Child abuse and neglect is one of Australia’s biggest and most misunderstood social problems. Despite being under-reported, Australian authorities confirmed 42,457 children were abused or neglected in one year alone*. That’s one child every 13 minutes suffering physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, often by someone they know and should be able to trust; most often in their own home. Thousands more cases go unreported, and the number of children and young people in out-of-home care is increasing.
Demand for the organisation is increasing every year so is its operating costs. While Act for Kids receives some government funding, it relies heavily on fundraising and donations from the community in order to continue expanding and developing its services to reach and assist abused and neglected children. The Act for Kids Lottery is one of the major fundraising activities for Act for Kids, with proceeds from ticket sales contributing vital funding toward the cost of helping abused and neglected children.
*AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE, CHILD PROTECTION AUSTRALIA 2014-15.