A young girl who was participating in Maru Gadyu was identified by Reconnect Coordinator as possibly requiring intensive support. Reconnect Coordinator had a yarn with young girl to discuss issues and goals and offered support. This young girl was linked with other services such as Youth Justice, Child Safety, CQID, CYMHS, QPS, and School Guidance Counsellor however, there was a lack of coordination of services. The young girl had disclosed that her mother was deceased, she is estranged from her father, her siblings were all in care and there was significant abuse previously. She was currently homeless (couch surfing) and had no natural supports or income. Reconnect Coordinator provided ongoing support, coordination, advocacy and referred to other service providers where appropriate.
Through the support provided from Reconnect the young girl is now temporarily staying with extended family, was sentenced to good behaviour order given the engagement and support from DCYSI, completed youth justice orders, has enrolled in ALS, is receiving her own income (Centrelink), has ID, is accessing Counselling and other health services.
The young girl provided positive feedback and gratitude. She told Reconnect Coordinator “this is the most help and support she has received since her mum passed in 2015 and she actually feels like she can move forward with her life now”. She also now has regular contact with her Father.