Disability Services Minister: Please don’t force my disabled brothers out of their home - fund their care!
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My four brothers (adopted and fostered) are severely disabled. Despite being happy and safe in the care of my loving parents, my brothers are being forced into a disabled group home, because the government refuses to fund care at home.
Aged between 18 - 38, my brothers rely on my parents for the stability and love they require. Although Dad has battled cancer and my mother is recovering from a bad fall, caring for the boys remains their absolute priority. It would tear their world apart if my brothers have to leave.
All we're asking for is the government to finally fund my brothers’ assessed needs. It will help my parents and it’s what the government is meant to be doing for people with disabilities. Yet DS continues to fund organisations/group homes instead of individuals. Group homes should be a choice, not a requirement for support.
What's more, we're terrified that my youngest brother Brocke will be physically assaulted again. That's what happened last time he was in a group home.
We're desperate now. My parents are being forced toward relinquishing my brothers, because the government won’t allow individual funding or choice. I can't understand why the only way to get help is for the family unit to fail. It is cruel. I can't bear to see my loving family torn apart and the safety of my brothers put at risk.
Please help by signing my petition to Queensland Premier Palaszczuk & the Minister for Disabilities to not force my brothers into a group home – and fund their home care properly!
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