Faces of Innocents: former C.Y.F. children


Rather than give my opinion today, I thought I would share a video clip recorded by Stuff, which is about children who have been placed with Child Youth and Family Services. This video is about three former C.Y.F. children – now young adults – who met with Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley, who is in the process of overhauling the much criticized department charged with looking after children from troubled backgrounds.

Have a watch and tell me what you think.

One thought on “Faces of Innocents: former C.Y.F. children

  1. Very thought provoking.
    I know several people in their 50’s who wanted to foster but were told that they were too old. They have raised wonderful kids, ALL of the family wanted to help include someone into their family who had not been so lucky to have such a great start in life… they were deemed to not have enough paper qualifications and to be too old.
    Paper qualifications mean nothing, it’s the character, temperament, work ethic, perseverance and patience that kids in care really need and it’s heart-breaking that mature couples who have survived teenagers and learned lots are being turned away.
    Ask many kids from all backgrounds… their Grandparents or someone that age are often wonderful guides and influences, they can talk casually whilst teaching a new skill, have patience and really care. They are a step away not only from the parents but also of the parents age and that gap seems to work to advantage. I think the system could do well to be looking at some amazing fit and active grandparents as carers.

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