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How Mondays Changed Maddie’s Life

For her entire life five-year-old Maddie was physically, emotionally and verbally abused by her parents, witnessing severe domestic violence and substance abuse, including Ice. Most days, Maddie was left to her own devices - feeding, entertaining and caring for herself.

Maddie now lives with her grandmother. As a result of the ongoing trauma, her speech and language was severely delayed. Although she looks like any other little girl, the trauma she suffered has left scars that will last a lifetime without ongoing therapy.

Every Monday, she has been receiving speech therapy and psychological support from Act for Kids. After two months the normally reserved and very anxious little girl greeted her therapist with a wide smile, declaring that she loves Mondays.

Monday is a day of learning, fun and happiness. Monday is a day of change. One day can make a world of difference in healing a little heart.


The changes in Maddie are extraordinary. The support she continues to receive from Act for Kids has inspired a happier and healthier little person. Although Maddie continues to improve, she still needs long-term help to overcome the years of severe abuse and neglect.

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.

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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