Dakota's story: "I feel like I'm grounded and wanted"
Dakota is a 14-year-old Aboriginal teenager from Lake Cargelligo, NSW. He was originally placed with a non-Aboriginal foster carer and this placement was under considerable strain when was referred to OurSPACE.
Melissa, an Aboriginal therapeutic specialist from OurSPACE, helped Dakota by being his point of contact for a number of services. As Dakota’s foster care placement was unsuitable, Melissa found a kinship placement. The specialist provided support for Dakota’s transition to the new placement with his brother who he hadn’t seen for years.
This specialist support helped Dakota to attend school full time, play rugby league and other sports, and develop strong relationships with his uncle and his siblings. He says he finally feels grounded and wanted and is planning for his future.