When we first met Stephanie*, she was living with her three-year-old daughter in a car. Nothing can prepare our outreach workers for the shock of finding someone who is in this position. It is difficult to imagine having to spend just one night sleeping in your car. Can you imagine raising a toddler in a car for months on end?
Late last year, a young 16 year old male came to the attention of an Open Family Australia outreach worker in Melbourne's Southern suburbs. Jack* had been living in a tent on the beach for months as he had been unable to find any stable accommodation. When our worker approached Jack, he hadn't eaten in more than 24hrs and was displaying concerning behaviour that indicated that he may have mental health issues...
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