“I grew up with the heartache of knowing my family could not raise me.”
Kiera was placed in state care when she was just three months old. She was removed from her parents care along with her two brothers because she was dying from a severe case of malnourishment.
“One of my older brothers and I are ‘heroin babies’, we were found abandoned and starving,” Kiera says.
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Kiera was moved around different residential care units and foster homes for many years. She was not able to form friendships. Fortunately, Kiera was finally placed into a good home where she was loved and cared for. Her foster carers were able to provide her with the support she needed to regain hope.
“My foster parents were my saving grace. I felt like the sky opened up and I was finally able to smile and be free from the heartache of knowing my family couldn’t take care of me.”
Kiera moved into independent living last year when she turned 17. She is currently studying for a Dual Diploma in Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs. While Kiera is now on her way to a bright future, there are still many vulnerable young people who need your help today.
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* Kiera shared her story with Anglicare Victoria in January 2017