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Understanding trauma to strengthen a family bond

Due to child protection concerns, Luke* was removed from his biological parents and placed with foster carers.  The three year old experienced abuse in care and consequently, after relocation, he and his two siblings were reunited under one roof, with their grandparents.

Luke’s traumatic past manifested itself in his violent behaviour. Luke was physically and verbally aggressive and was displaying oppositional behaviour, at home and at preschool. When Luke was referred to the LINKS Trauma Healing Service, his grandparents were exhausted and ready to give up.

“By the end of the LINKS intervention, Luke was like a different child’, said Luke’s mental health clinician.”

Luke is excited to start school next year and has been attending the Kindergarten orientation visits each week in preparation for his transition to school.

*Names changed to protect the privacy of individuals

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