Help children out of a dark and fearful place.
Many children in Berry Street’s care have been victims of, or witnesses to, family violence. The resulting trauma traps these children in dark and fearful places. They become isolated from the world around them –afraid of adults and without the love and care they need to grow and thrive. With your support we can help these children out of the dark and fearful places in which they are trapped and help them recover from their trauma.
Children like Lucas need your help
Lucas was 6 when he came to Berry Street. Lucas was a victim of family violence and was so affected by his past of abuse and trauma, he struggled in traditional foster care homes. He didn’t know how to communicate or what it felt like to live in a stable home where he was safe from violence. We placed him in a Teaching Family Model house which is a new innovative type of care.
Now his Teaching Family Carers, Alice and Paul, his first positive adult role models are teaching him how to live in a family, how to communicate and how to be a child.
"When Lucas first came to us he was so fearful of everything and everyone.”
– Alice, Lucas’ Teaching Family Carer
Your gift will help even more children have a better future
How your gift will help give these kids a brighter future
Give them clothes and toys of their own.
Many children arrive at Berry Street with only the clothes they are wearing. They may have grown up without clean clothes, or toys of their own to play with. Giving children warm clean clothes and toys makes them feel cared for and allows them to play, imagine and have the freedom to be a child.
Provide furniture and bedding to make their new house a home.
When children are placed in a Teaching Family Home they are encouraged to decorate their bedroom how they would like. For many children this is the first time they have a space of their own. A place where they are safe, and they can start to recover from their trauma.
Provide specialist Teaching Family Carers in a specialised environment.
We receive some government support but it’s not enough to provide the specialised training that is required for the Teaching Family Carers. They are vital for the successful recovery of children who are suffering from severe trauma and neglect.