This Christmas many children in Berry Street’s care are unable to live safely at home, due to neglect, violence and abuse.
Research shows the number of children needing out-of-home care increases at Christmas time, which means we need to find more foster carers and safe homes. For children in care, Christmas can be an emotional time: it can be a reminder of what they don’t have, experiences that they may have missed out on, or it may even bring back traumatic memories. Together with your help we can give them hope this Christmas.
Children like Mia and Max need your help
When Mia* and Max* were brought to Berry Street, it was obvious they’d suffered terrible neglect. They were malnourished and wearing dirty clothes.
Mia has been looking after Max for as long as she can remember. Unlike other little girls her age who played with baby dolls, she was caring for her baby brother.
Mia’s early childhood has been filled with looking after Max while she is still a child herself – a child who needs love and support. Crucially she needs the freedom to play and explore the world around her, free from responsibilities of the adult world.
We need your help to find, recruit and train foster carers who can give children like Mia and Max safe, loving homes not just for Christmas, but for as long as they need them.
" She wouldn’t let go of Max. She’s been responsible for looking after him ever since he was born. He’s her family, her world.”
– Jenny, Berry Street Worker
Your gift can help give hope to children like Mia and Max when they need it most.
*Name has been changed in the interest of privacy. The models and volunteers pictured are not connected to the case study.