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Feeling wanted, loved and accepted

After nine years in long-term foster care, Toby* was restored to mum, Tina and stepdad, Dean. During multiple placements in foster care, 14-year-old Toby experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Toby is the oldest of three children and the other two remain in separate long-term foster care placements.

Tina and Dean did not feel equipped to handle Toby’s escalating behaviour, and as greater conflicts arose, the family was referred to a FFT-CW® family therapist by their NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) caseworker.

The family have made remarkable progress and the parents enjoy the time spent with their therapist. Dean says their therapist “believes in us which makes us believe in ourselves” and the therapist “makes us see that we are kind of normal.”

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