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"The latest article on abuse against children is
a sore point in our family. We had a 4 day
old baby come to our place in 1995 and she
stayed with us for 22 months and then they
sent her home. We protested to the department
but of course they didn’t listen. The previous
sibling had died at 3 months with 33 broken
bones and the 2 other children in foster care.
They told us that 2 year olds aren’t likely to
be hurt physically which was total nonsense.
The mother let her come to our place most
weekends on a voluntary basis and this went
on for 9 years. We noticed her behaviour getting
worse and refusing to go home but saying nothing.
Anyway she came back in 2006 and stayed
until 2010 when the department moved her into a residential home. Her behaviour was totally out of control by this time. She grew up with drugs ,
alcohol, domestic violence , sexual abuse and
now chain smokes. She lives back home and
the same lifestyle but is unable to work because
of emotional problems. We saw her in December
and she brought us presents for everyone. She
told me her best friend from the residential
home threw herself in front of a moving train a
couple of weeks ago. This poor girl broke every
bone in her body plus had a lung removed and
now is in a wheelchair. The people who run these departments have a lot to answer one day.
It has taken me years to cope with what
happened and she is one of thousands
more out there. Thanks for all your articles."