This neglected little boy deserved a second chance at childhood

Connor was just six years old when we met him. His mum suffered from neglect and violence in her own childhood and had never learnt how to be a mum to Connor. She tried to parent him to the best of her ability but she wasn’t able to meet his needs. Connor frequently went without food, he was rarely supervised and the house was filthy. He hardly attended school and when he did, he was aggressive towards his teachers and peers and was frequently on the verge of suspension.

Act for Kids worked with Connor by providing hours of intensive therapy to address his emotional and psychological concerns, help him to manage his anger and improve his social skills.

Australian authorities confirmed 42,457 children were abused or neglected in one year.

Seven months later, Connor’s behaviour has improved tremendously and he is on the path to a safe and happy childhood.

Act For Kids made it possible

Australia has a problem. Every 11 minutes, a child suffers 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 – but solving this problem comes at a cost.

Act For Kids offers holistic support to these kids, from therapy to deal with trauma and enhance their well-being, to family intervention and education for struggling parents and carers. The delivery of these vital services relies heavily on fundraising from the community and activities such as lottery ticket sales. The kids can’t thank you directly, but every dollar makes a big difference to their little lives.

Child with toys

Your impact

In 2016-17, 80% of all funding went toward the provision of services to help children and families, including:

  • Speech and language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Sexual abuse counsellors
  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Teachers