Over 50 families relinquish their children with a disability in Victoria every year is a very sad statistic. (Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission Report Desperate Measures-May 2012)
These kids are normally in their late teens, as they transition from school to “where to from here?”
It’s really important that we keep this topic alive, because it’s not going away.
The Desperate Measures Report mentions 23 potential risk factors for relinquishment, and I’ll put it out there & say, it wouldn’t be hard to add extra 10 in this current climate.
The key point to remember is that the National Disability Insurance Scheme was never attended to be a “fix for all”
I’m suggesting that greater engagement with the “new blood” coming into existing professions such as counsellors and social workers needs to happen.
Innovative organisations like “Microboards” could also be considered in some cases, look at their website for more information.
Relinquishment was suggested to my parents when I was born, by a nurse who said “there are special places for babies like this.”My mother quickly replied, “I know, its our home…”