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Rachael Dean

Child and Family Partner, SA

Rachael is a mother who has had her children removed due to addiction.  She turned her life around and her children are back in her care.

Rachael feels that the system often sets parents up to fail and that their policies and implementation methods are sometimes punitive in nature. Rachael feels the system is “child focused” and believes it should be more “family focused” to keep families together as often as possible.

Children aging out of or still within the state care system can often have poor outcomes and Rachael sees the importance of working with families in a rehabilitative way. Rachael believes that the system should hold child safety as their first priority and family rehabilitation as a close second. In order to achieve this, Rachael believes we should do all that we can to encourage parents to do what it takes to rehabilitate and reunite their families.

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