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Jenny and Sammy's story
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Jenny and Sammy’s story

Two teen girls laying on sofa smiling
Two teen girls laying on sofa smiling

'The training really helped me think through how I could give Sammy the safe base she needs.'

Jenny says, “I knew an older child and myself would be a better match, taking into consideration my age and my wider family. I have nieces and nephews that are primary school age so any child I adopted would have cousins they could grow up with.”

 

“When Sammy, aged six, came to live with me it changed my life. In the early days Collette, the placement support worker, was a lifeline. She spent time with me and encouraged me to have confidence in myself to parent Sammy and helped me manage the transition for both of us. It is true what they say about a honeymoon period. When Sammy realised that she was staying her behaviour took a dip. It was very difficult for us both.

“The training really helped me think through how I could give Sammy the safe base and nurture she needs and share this with my family so that they can do the same. Little by little I can see her anxiety is starting to reduce.

 

“I always thought a two-parent family would be better for a child. For Sammy, I think having one parent who gives her clear uncomplicated messages has been easier for her to manage. Sammy and I have a very special relationship. She has given me a new lease of life. She is nine now and still needs a lot of reassurance and attention but luckily I have got that to give. So, we are a good team.”

'It is better here. It just is. Mum says I can to talk to her if I get worried about something.'

Sammy says, “I love our house especially my room as it is pink and purple which are my favourite colours. When my cousins come I like when we can take Betsy for a walk to the park.

 

“I do remember living with my Mum. I used to have to have my breakfast at school. It is better here. It just is. Mum says I can to talk to her if I get worried about something. It is good knowing there is always someone there for you. ”

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