Where Do You Start

Home is more than a roof overhead, and homelessness is more than a lack of accommodation.

Every night in Australia approx. 44,500 young people are homeless.

Homelessness isn’t just when you’re “sleeping on the streets”, you can be considered homeless or at risk of being homeless if you’re sleeping in a car, in a refuge, staying at a mate’s place, staying in a hotel, motel or hostel or living in a tent.

Homelessness, or the risk of homelessness, significantly reduces quality of life, impacting on Education, health, employment, and relationship opportunities. The work of ending homelessness is complex. It involves:

• recognizing the circumstances and risk factors that cause homelessness

• Providing prevention and intervention services to assist people, and

• enabling people to secure and sustain accommodation for the long-term.

How powerless must a young person feel when they have to scream to be heard, or have choices taken from them?  Kids in care have the least choice of all.

They have no family member to care for them, so the system places them in the care of strangers, whether that is a foster family or residential care.

Kids in care have the lowest school attendance of any at-risk group.

The one tool that can free them from a future of poverty is education, yet they have little choice in how they can access it.

Kids have taken to using their resourcefulness as they turn towards one another forming make shift surrogate families, as they battle the battle for survival.

We have kids as young as 8 who are sleeping rough as it would be called, to keep it politically correct.

These kids have often left temporary care arrangements that the department of child safety has placed them in.

Foster carers often have very little to no formal training when it comes to providing temporary care and often find that a child that may be placed with them has behavioural issues, and other issues that are high needs and complex.

Therefore foster carers are placed in a situation where they can no longer provide a high needs child or adolescent with the care they require, ringing the department and asking to have the person re housed.

I am afraid to say that no matter how much they research the yearly numbers and crunch the statistics the reality is that we are finding more and younger people who are finding their own way to live in a world that they need not be in at such an early age.

We are finding more adolescents with mental health, substance abuse issues, isolation, and other contributing factors that could and should have been avoided.

Yet nobody will stand up and own the consequences to the actions of government bodies worldwide, that have signed off on the alleged child protection policies which sadly has failed so many that it claimed to be protecting.

Adolescents finding that by the time they reach 18 they are no longer under the arrangements made for them by agencies such as the department of child protection, they find their original case workers have moved on and they are alone in a world where we the adults, the ones whose role it is to protect not neglect have failed them also by allowing the events to occur in the first instance.

Therefore all the statistics and white papers really have little to no relevance in the lives of those that the actions have created caused through alleged departments within governing bodies.

I am at a total loss as to how or where one would begin to help these kids, once they have fallen between the cracks of the system.

Where do you start?

Leaving in our wake a generation that feels isolated, rebellious, disconnected and untrusting of anybody who is willing to help them, due to how they came to be in the situation that they have found themselves in.

There is no numbers or statistics that are able to change what is, and what is simply is not good enough!

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About Angel O'Fire

New Zealand born, this kiwi chick took flight to live in the great land down under in Queensland Australia in 1988. I am clumsy at times not known for my tact and or grace, straight to the point, and somewhat impatient, I have come to accept that what is in this life simply is. Far from religious, I do not believe in a divine god per say that will come down and save the world, although I accept each to their own when it comes to their views and beliefs of what religion is or should be. I consider myself to be my own worst critic as I tend to strive for best, and have a tendency to push myself physically and emotionally beyond my limits. Still naive at times, still hoping to see the good rather than the bad in people, this has not been one of the qualities that I can say I am fond of, as it has come to burn me time after time over the years. I am a strong believer in Karma, as I do believe in what we put out is what we do get in return, good bad or indifferent. With a tendency to stand my ground when it comes to opinions, as we all have one, there is no right nor wrong, it is a perspective, a view point on how we view a subject. Zero tolerance for others who are self-riotous, I have no interest in people who claim to have never done any wrong in their lives, and who judge others, prior to walking in those they cast judgement upon’s shoes. I am just your average girl who is trying to make my way through life as it is. I am a mother, lover, friend, partner, co-worker, manager, coach, and referee, a Jill of all trades. A firm believer that ‘ignorance is not bliss’ nor is ‘ignorance’ and excuse to be an arsehole in the world we live in today, those who continue to use the ‘ignorance is bliss’ rule are plainly arrogant and uneducated. I love the water, beach surf and sand, the water is where I seem to find myself when I need to take 5 mins out of life's hectic cycle. I figure that each to their own, as it takes all kinds of people to make the world go round. I believe that life is not learnt out of a text book, and often wonder why we teach our lessons from one to our growing generations. Although I can be a surprising wealth of knowledge I find it amazing how a person can actually no so much about nothing, yet be a master of the topic. I am that girl who cuts her jeans into shorts because she got hot, am not one to enjoy shopping, in fact I hate the entire nightmare of going shopping and it has me fkd how so many chicks say 'lets make a day of it' and love bouncing from shop to shop looking at things that are well pointless. All in all that is me so hello world I'm Angel.
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5 Responses to Where Do You Start

  1. It’s no better in the UK Angel. Circumstances very much the same.

  2. Angel O'Fire says:

    its one shitty situation across the world, sadly, who are the ones who suffer? certainly not the governments,

  3. There appears to be a shift in the world….to make poverty worse.

  4. Scottie says:

    Hello Angel. You mention education. One very sad fact here in the USA, it cost too much for anyone to further their education, basic public education is falling way behind, with the money going to private schooling for those who can afford it. Too many people I know want to get more education but can’t afford it, and those who have gone to school, now can’t pay the loans they had to take to get that education. One reason we had James move in with us was to help him get his education with out adding more debt than he could ever shoulder. It is sad to think our leaders can’t see education is the key to the future for all of us. Hugs

  5. Angel O'Fire says:

    there is no shift there is an actual movement that makes poverty worse, and those who suffer seem to struggle even harder with those things that are classed as basic human rights, we seem to have forgotten what it was that maslows hichracy of basic human rights was as we continue to move further and further into becoming an over all 3rd world, as a whole.

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