An ice-addicted mother and violent father, who have had eight of their children removed from their care, were given a full-time carer to help them keep their ninth child.
The Sydney couple were also given the opportunity to attend group therapy sessions ahead of the child’s birth, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Vulnerable families co-ordinator for Western Sydney Local Health District Kylie Hughes said the baby, who is now seven-months-old, is “thriving” because of several intervention programs the government is trialling.
“We actually put services in their house. We had someone in their house with them for 40 hours a week assisting them with their interactions with the baby (and) observing them and ensuring that there was no more violence,” she said.
“Now we’ve managed to reduce the number of services and they go out to visit and they have case management outside of the home.”
Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard said separating children from their parents was not always the answer to difficult social problems.
Opposition Family and Community Services spokeswoman Tania Mihailuk has called on the government to introduce the programs across New South Wales.
“This minister must allocate prenatal case managers to every FACS district to ensure that necessary early intervention support is there to stop these babies from becoming just another tragic statistic,” she said.
I can’t help but think of Maria Lutz (Family of four who were recently gassed) who was desperate for help and no-one would listen. I know they are totally different circumstances, but I really wish their could be more support offered right across the board.
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