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After creating Leanne's Gift in 2018, I realised that people really wanted to hear about it, so when the opportunity came up in June of 2019, to speak at the FIN Global Day Of Parents, I was excited but also extremely nervous. I spoke in front of my peers as well as Child Protection staff and other professionals. It was daunting but amazing.
So I was gobsmacked when I was given an opportunity to speak at the 2019 PeakCare Child Safety Conference, in front of Di Farmer and hundreds of people. It was after this event that my life changed and Leanne's Gift suddenly was in front of some very important people. It's because of people like Michael Hogan, former DG of the Department of Child Safety, that Leanne's Gift is now starting to be trialled at service centres today.
Read all about it in the section below by downloading my speech from these events
One of my biggest goals is to support and empower other parents in my position. I wish I had had that type of support when I first entered the system. The only people who really know about how this feels is people who have been where you are. If I can bring some hope to a parent and support them to empower themselves, I have come a little closer to that goal.
So far I have helped parents to:
Prepare for court
Understand the Queensland Child Protection system
Help their children by giving them something to say when their children cry about coming home
Understand their options to proactively help their families
Identify specific actions they can take depending on their individual circumstances
Just hear them - hear them tell me their story
Have the 'aha' moment, when they realise how they can move forward
You can read about my previous clients experiences in the section on testimonials
If you or someone you know needs help and support, please feel free to book in a Talk with Leanne session
Since Parents on a Mission first began, I have sought out other parents, to help provide a collective voice to Government and NGOs.
So far, our collective experience has been used to:
Give direct input into the experience of parents, by participating in surveys around Child Protection
Give direct input into creating a new parent resource that will improve the health outcomes for children in out of home care. This resource will be used throughout Queensland 😊
Give direct input into my recent submission into the amendment bill around adoption
Coming soon - participate in a Parents on a Mission/Parentline webinar, to help support parents of children in out of home care to contact Parentline for support when they need help with their children
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Parents on a Mission acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of our great nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where I live, learn and work. I pay my respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. Parents on a Mission is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land and seas and their rich contribution to our multicultural society. Parents on a Mission will endeavour to capture the unique voice of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples and empower them on their journeys.
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