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A voice for our most vulnerable

on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:38
Fight Child Protection Department Corruption: 
A voice for our most vulnerable

IT is the little girl's ninth birthday, and she is alone and crying. She has just endured a chaotic night of violence against her mother and little brother, but more confusion ensues when the police take her to her new emergency home.

The girl has become a ward of the state in a temporary care home with "heaps of foster kids".

"When I was in the bedroom to stay, I was crying in the bedroom because I want my mum," the girl says. "So on the next day it was my birthday but no one didn't care."

The plaintive transcript of the girl's thoughts offers a rare insight into the mind of a child who