Don't allow more abuse and deaths of foster kids in care – set up independent complaints body to fix failing foster care system
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My name is Rebekah & I am "The little girl that nobody wanted". I was hit, strangled, locked in dark sheds for 90% of daylight hours. Trapped in a neglectful system for over 11 years. My mum abandoned me, but then my life became hell – the system that was meant to care for me descended into abuse and neglect.
The ‘carer’ dragged me 50m by my hair, and rubbed my brother’s face in vomit. Nothing was done. But I’m one of the lucky ones. Two toddlers quietly died in care recently, and no action has been taken to fix the lack of investigation that’s allowing this happen.
Braxton Slager-Lewin was 22 months old. Lachlan Leslie was 21 months old.
Channel 7 News found that every 7 hours a call is made about drug abuse, suffocation or sexual abuse. They are cries for help, but they’re not being answered or properly investigated. That’s because any investigation is led by the department that runs the system.
This system has had so many inquiries, reviews & commissions yet nothing has changed in over 30 years. That’s not good enough anymore.
After my childhood was taken from me by this awful neglect I can’t stay silent watching it ruin and take the lives of any more kids. We can’t allow more deaths to be quietly ignored.
Please sign my petition asking Premier Baird & Minister Brad Hazzard to urgently introduce an independent foster care commission – that can crack down & investigate abuse of foster kids. Additionally, they need to overhaul the system to ensure a voice for victims and families is heard within the department.
These kids just want some hope and a future to look forward to, please don’t let this abuse and deaths continue unchecked. Thank you.
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