Maryanne’s children have been in the care of
other whanau members in relation to concerns with Oranga Tamariki. Maryanne,
with the support of OT and other NGO’s, was able to turn her life around and
aimed to having her children back.
She attended parenting programme, literacy
course and kept herself drug-free in order to achieve the FGC goals
particularly getting reunited with children. She has done so well and with the
recommendations of OTSW and agencies, a reunification plan was created so the
children can return to the care of Maryanne.
However, Maryanne was living in a boarding house not
appropriate and safe for her children. She needed a place where her children
can have adequate, warm and secure housing. With the support of an OT social
worker, Maryanne came to the attention of MHCT. The process of application for
emergency housing has been done with the view of supporting Maryanne in
applying for either social or private housing.
After successful implementation of the reunification
plan, which is about OT and MCHT working together, Maryanne has finally been
accepted into Monte Cecilia Emergency Housing. Her baby was returned to her
care and the two older ones are in the process of joining her soon too.
Maryanne expressed her gratitude for the
chance given to her and for the concerted effort of agencies working together
to keep her family complete again and her children safe.
Not real names used.