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Australian children need you now more than ever.


The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a greater need for our services in the community than we have ever seen before.

Social isolation will mean more families will be under financial and emotional stress which could push them to breaking point. And in these circumstances, sadly it is the children who suffer most.

Families in crisis are already turning to us for help in unprecedented numbers.

It is critical that we continue to provide our essential services to support vulnerable children and families.

But, we can’t do it without you.

Please help us keep critical services running by donating today.

 

Together, we will be there for vulnerable children over the weeks and months to come.

Thank you for helping to keep Aussie children safe from abuse and neglect.

 

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Gemma was deprived of the chance to experience life as a child should.

Ever since she could remember, Gemma's dad beat her mother. While her older brother tried to defend her mum, Gemma took on the responsibility of hiding her younger siblings. She desperately wanted make sure they weren't hurt, but she wished she could protect her mum.

At the age of 5, brave Gemma called the police, who arrested her dad for domestic violence and drug offences. Her mum had been sick with a mental illness and was unable to continue caring for the family, so Gemma and her siblings were taken into crisis care

With her new foster family, Gemma is free to be a kid again.

Gemma is seven now, and is a kind and considerate young girl. For the first time, she is learning to play and have fun. Her foster family take her horse-riding and she loves swimming.

Gemma tries hard not to parent her little brother now, safe in the knowledge that her foster family love and want the best for them. She sees her other siblings and grandparents regularly, and she's even hoping to get a pet this year.

Caseworker: Linda Wiseham, FAF Shellharbour

Help other children like Gemma and give their story a new ending.
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In 2019 - 2020, with the generous support of people like you, Barnardos Australia helped:

Barnardos Australia has provided services for vulnerable children, young people and their families since 1921 and today, we are one of Australia’s leading child protection charities.

We keep children safe from abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities facing issues such as violence, poverty, mental illness and homelessness. Our wrap-around services include family support and preservation, domestic violence support, youth and family homelessness services, drug and alcohol support, parenting and early learning programs, foster and kinship care and open adoption. We work to break the cycle of disadvantage, creating safe, nurturing and stable homes, connected to family and community.

With your help we can continue to keep more children safe through our life-changing services.