Kate was a young mother with a 2 week old baby daughter. Kate had spent much of her life in care because of her parents’ drug and alcohol problems. She was still living with her stepfather and stepbrother, both with drug issues, when referred to Welcare.
Welcare staff and volunteers helped Kate to identify the areas she needed to work on – keeping her baby safe, finding suitable accommodation and making a home, understanding her finances, and improving her social networks. Welcare uses the Family Star tool to help families monitor their progress towards mutually agreed goals. 6 months after starting work with Welcare, she sorted out her benefits and arranged to be re-housed, she had an interim safety plan for her baby while still at her stepfather’s, and made new friends through Welcare’s Crawler Club. When Kate revisited Family Star to measure progress towards her goals, she scored herself higher on all the identified areas of concern. While still working towards fully reaching the goals for her and her daughter, Kate is proud of all that she has achieved so far.