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Indi, 16* and her younger siblings, had a very rough start in life.

Their mum wasn’t around and they often went hungry. When their dad suddenly died, it began a long journey in-and-out of six foster homes.

They then moved into one of Anglicare Victoria’s Out of Home Care residences, which provides a stable, caring home environment for traumatised children. When they arrived, there were a lot of behavioural challenges. It took four years of tailored therapy and care to ensure the siblings were ready for a foster home.

Our goal was always to keep the children together, with a family who was equipped to support their high emotional needs. This took dedication, but we found the perfect couple. Jenny and Tony who never had children of their own, and within a matter of months, they had four.

A year on, the children are thriving in their new environment. Indi told us, “Without Anglicare [Victoria], we’d still be a mess. I’ve always been like the mother hen. But now I can just be a kid and I’m taking all the time I can”

Every child deserves to grow up safe and loved, but this is a far reality for thousands of Victorian children.

With your generosity, we can start to heal homes this Christmas.

*Indi is a real person and her story is true. Details have been changed to protect client privacy.