Joan's Story

Story eighteen - Joan, Grandmother

"Our son has battled drug-related issues for well over a decade. His kids have come to live with us after being exposed to some frightening situations. Their mum has similar issues and hasn’t been on the scene in years.

We made the decision to have our grandchildren live with us as we didn’t want them exposed to any more traumatic situations.

We noticed that their behaviour was getting more aggressive and anti-social. It was clear to us they were struggling and heading down a slippery slope.

The school that one of our grandchildren attends referred us to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation when we were at our wits ends with their challenging and problematic behaviours.

It’s going to be a long recovery, but working with the Foundation, our grandkids are learning how to build trust and friendships, how to deal with their anger issues and we are also getting support by talking to other families who have gone through the same experiences."

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