The wonderful SAF team
The relationship between a child and caseworker can be a powerful force for good!
Jamie & Narelle
Jamie was in residential care with SAF in the 90s. His case worker was Narelle. They still have a caring & supportive relationship. Read what Jamie had to say about catching up with Narelle earlier in 2019:
“The year was 1995, 2 years after being stripped away from my parents. I was just about to turn 15, my grandparents who I lived with told my school to find somewhere to live or I would have to live on the streets. I ended up being taken by child services (DoCS) during school and turned over to Stretch-A-Family. I lived with other young people from similar situations and had the lovely Narelle assigned to me as my caseworker.
Fast forward to 2019 and I can’t help other than get choked up to say thank you so much for helping me be the man I am today. You were always so kind, so patient with me. I always felt you were always in my corner in a world where I felt so lost, not feeling I belonged and rejected from my family who were so abusive. It’s been 11 years since I’ve seen you last and today I’m so grateful that I was able to spend just a few short hours with you: still as amazing as ever!
You are a source of inspiration for my own life journey and I hope that you (and others who have helped me) know the reason I do what I do, working with children, and spreading my own leadership guidance, I continue to drive to make a difference each and every single day!!!!
Thank you for being you and continuing to be in my life! ❤❤❤❤”