“I went to so many different schools. I lived in so many different towns. It’s really hard to fit in when, you know, the space that you’re supposed to feel comfortable is constantly changing. The faces that are there to protect you are constantly changing.
When you feel like you don’t belong and when you’re constantly shunted from pillar to post, you just, you feel, less than a human being.
But children in care, we’ve been through a whole lot of battles that people could hardly imagine, so we’re stronger than we think. You’ve just gotta realise, you’ve overcome so many challenges. This is just another one. It’s hard, but you’ve got to be strong for yourself.”
If you don’t feel safe where you’re living, or you’re not happy there – In an emergency phone 111 for immediate assistance. Or you can call Oranga Tamariki on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459) to talk about your care.
If you’re worried about your family – You can call Oranga Tamariki on 0508 FAMILY (326 459) and talk to a trained social worker. They will listen to you, and then work out what kind of help your family might need.
If you’re not sure what you want to do after high school – Check out the Youth Service. They support 16 to 19 year olds to find pathways to jobs and an independent future. So if you’re thinking about learning more, getting into training or heading to work, they can help you figure out your next step.
“THE UNIQUE THING ABOUT CULTURE IS THAT IT’S NOT LIMITED TO A CERTAIN PLACE… CULTURE IS IN YOU SO YOU CAN CHANGE FROM HOME TO HOME BUT YOU KNOW WHERE YOU BELONG.”