Natalee’s Story

Donation, News | Posted April 28, 2020
Natalee’s Story

“Annabelle* was born at just 22 weeks, that was scary. Looking at this tiny little baby I was completely overwhelmed. How was I going to look after her? I didn’t really know how to look after myself, but I did know if me and Toby* didn’t do the SafeCare course she would probably get taken off us, and I did not want that at all”

Natalee* aged 22

For many, parenting comes easily, even naturally, and most have the support of family and friends. But for some, like Natalee, who have faced significant trauma or disadvantage with a limited support network, parenting can be a real struggle. Understanding and knowing how to safely care for a newborn or toddler can be difficult.

Breaking the cycle of disadvantage

Natalee and Toby were identified by child protection before baby Annabelle was born.

Natalee needed support to help her deal with substance use, mental health issues and violence which was occurring between her and Toby. As an adolescent Natalee’s mum was unable to manage her behaviours and alcohol use. Family violence between Natalee and her siblings was frequent and Natalee’s suicide attempt and instances of self-harming worrying.

Every day children are exposed to abuse or neglect, through no fault of their own. Often behaviours of their parents are learned from their own parents, creating a cycle of disadvantage for many. Until programs like SafeCare provide a different path.

Over the coming weeks and months demand for support from vulnerable children, young people and families will increase, we must ensure we can be there.

We desperately need your support, now more than ever before. A tax-deductible donation today will make sure we can be there tomorrow, giving children like Annabelle their chance to shine.

*Names have been changed and models used in imagery to protect the identity of the family

Protecting little ones

OzChild’s SafeCare program is just one of several early intervention and prevention programs we deliver which are focused on keeping families together and kids out of foster care or residential care facilities.

SafeCare addresses the need to improve the parenting skills for parents of children aged 0-5 who are at risk of or have been reported for child neglect or physical abuse.

Every year there are thousands of unborn reports to child protection. Research has shown if a mother is subject to an unborn report her baby has a 28% likelihood of entering out-of-home care before the age of two.

A really sobering reminder of why programs like SafeCare are essential in our quest to keep families safely together.

We need your support
now more than ever

A tax-deductible donation today will make sure we can be there tomorrow, giving children like Annabelle their chance to shine.


Latest news

View all
Amplifying Support for Children and Young People in Care on World Care Day

World Care Day is not just a day of celebration but a beacon of hope for many children and young people who have experienced life in care. CREATE is amplifying…

Foster Care
10 Reasons to Open Your Heart and Home

Are you ready to embark on a journey filled with love, growth and endless possibilities? Welcome to the world of foster caring! As you open your heart and home to…

OzChild Breathes New Life into Beloved Local Site in Warrnambool

In the heart of Warrnambool, nestled on the corner of Liebig Street and Raglan Parade, stands a testament to the city’s rich history and enduring community spirit. For over a…

Subscription icon

Sign up to the OzChild mailing list

Stay up to date with the latest news and events.


Choose your region

Select your region to create an enhanced and personal experience.