6 responses to “Fifth generation in the ‘care’ of the state”

  1. Hi: Rhonda Trivett,

    I watched and listened about your story on video you placed on this site, how those wickard evil carers/men tortured and raped you. It took a lot of courage for you to speak about it.

    I would like to have a chat with you. If intrested, please contact Adele on this site and she can give you my email address.

  2. Katie was nominated as —-Mother of the Year——by Wingsforsurvivors.. Congratulations Katie for fighting hard to have your family re-united .You never gave up and we all feel now, that you can start to mend the fences and enjoy your new found emotions of peace and tranquility.

  3. Great to read your story. Would love to have you contact me again. Really good to hear of Adam’s involvement.

  4. Hi; FAs

    Some reasons for being in State Care
    1. Poverity
    2. Un wedded mothers
    3. Fathers returned from the war psychologically damaged hence took to the alcohol
    4. Lack of government support to families
    5. Some children in moral danger
    6. No parents or family
    7.There would be many other reasons .

    Whilst our father was fighting in the war in New Guinea, our fathers wife left our dad and they never divorced. They both lived their seperate lives, dad meeting up with our mother and they lived a defacto life together for many years.
    Our father suffered real bad malaria which is recorded on his army file and drank a lot of alcohol. The times he had malaria attacks whilst intoxicated on alcohol he went ballastic and would bash the calves and our mother and there were times we had very little food.

    I discovered my mother when I was 27 yrs of age and found her to be very loving godly and a caring person , hence found out what happened to us as children.
    We were placed in the care of the State, because our mother couldnt cope with the alcohol and bashing sometimes, also the poverity, hence our father made us Wards of the State according to our mother.
    It broke our mothers heart of her 2 children placed in the orphanage and many times she said she went to Tufnell Home Nundah to try and visit her children but Sister Clare the head sister refused her to see her children.
    The State Childrens Department said to mum, if she had her own home things would be different and the S.C.Department said to mum, your children will be looked after, you are pretty and young you go and live your life.
    One time mum tried to see us in the orphanage and she saw my sister at 8 yrs of age on her hands and knees polishing the floor.

    I did not know I had a sister in the same orphanage as me, until 3 weeks prior to being fostered out to the same foster parents when I was 8.. I was in the orphanage at 3 yrs of age my sister 4 some how they kept us seperate from each other until fostered out at 9 and 8 yrs of age.
    Our Father was a World War 2 digger and my 3 Great Uncles were part of the Rats of Tobruk. They certainly saved this Country from the enemy . None of them were criminals. But my sister suffered worse than a criminal, in fact I dont think criminals were given multipal electric shock treatment for their crime, but my sister was given multipal electric shock treatment for rebellion to nuns/carers and systems of abuse.

  5. Katie you have had good news of late . Congratulations

  6. hi there i would like to meet you if possible
    i read your story its really sad
    we all need to stick together


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