Through a supportive reunification, Hayden and his family are enjoying living together again.
Supporting the reunification process is a big part of what we do at Life Without Barriers.
We work to ensure that the families of the children and young people we support feel empowered when reunified with their children. If there are any bumps in the road, we will be there to wrap support around the household.
Hayden*, a young person we support, was reunified with his dad and brother late last year. The family have enjoyed living together again and Hayden’s dad reports that they are adjusting well.
Hayden’s Carers, Nadine and Nigel, have been a pillar of support during the process, remaining available to Hayden’s dad for help and advice.
“It is very rewarding seeing a positive interaction between families," said Nadine.
"I always make sure we handover with a connection in place, that if things get tough, we are here to help where able.”
Hayden has continued to have a connected relationship with his Foster Carer, speaking with her on the phone, and they have made plans for Hayden to have visits in the future.
Reunification can be an emotional time for Foster Carers - but it is also what foster care is for. The work they do makes it possible for families to be reunified with their children, especially when given the right support to do so.
“We miss him, but it’s what we work for,” said Nigel.
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A persons' story is precious. We take story telling seriously. Sometimes people are able to tell their own story and we love that. We always make sure they give us their ok and we will always honour the trust placed in us to bring their story forward.
*Names have been changed to protect the children in this story.
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