All Ethan wants for Christmas is to not go to bed hungry, lying awake in fear. A home without violence – where he’s hugged, not hurt.
This is Ethan*, he is seven years old and is currently in temporary care, after his family fell apart during lockdown. This Christmas, all he wants is a safe home without violence.
Ethan’s family was already at breaking point and this year it got much worse. Teachers raised concerns about Ethan coming to school hungry and in dirty clothes.
Once Victoria went back into lockdown, with school closed, Ethan couldn’t get a meal each day or even leave the house to ask the neighbours for food. Out of school, teachers couldn’t raise the alarm that they were concerned for his welfare.
Trish, Ethan’s Berry Street case worker, was surprised when she first met Ethan.
Drawing was Ethan’s way of escaping the harsh world where he grew up and imagining where he wished to be. This is his letter to Santa, you can see what Ethan has wished for.
All Ethan wants is a home where he doesn’t go to bed hungry and lie awake in fear, or wear dirty clothes and shoes that hurt his feet. Where he doesn’t need to worry about surviving – but he can truly thrive.
Your gift can help grant Ethan’s Christmas wish and give him a safe and happy home.
*Name has been changed in the interest of privacy. The models and volunteers pictured are not connected to the case study.