Adrienne*is a disruptive, dishonest, attention seeking and an all-round unruly child. All these characteristics are associated with a child who has experienced immense trauma.
Adrienne was placed at the Maria Kloppers Campus at the age of five and because of the trauma she suffered while living with her mom, she had attachment problems. She was subsequently diagnosed with conduct disorder, amongst other conditions. At times her disruptive behaviour was too much to handle and many almost gave up on her. But in Adrienne and her sister’s case, the Herberts**, restored their hope and changed these young girls’ lives.
The Herberts met a very defiant, angry and disruptive Adrienne and, oh boy, did she challenge them! She set their house on fire, stole money and lied about not being cared for. Through it all this amazing family did not give up on her. They paid for her therapy, a portion of her school fees at a special needs school and provided additional academic support. This family’s patience, support, love and acceptance has changed Adrienne’s life. Adrienne is doing well now and may even return to a mainstream school in the near future. And her behaviour is under control. “Adrienne and her sister are in foster care with the Herbert family now. This is proof of the value of being loved and being a part of a family. This once disruptive girl, who everybody had given up on was healed by the love of this family”, says Maria Kloppers Campus Manager, Ernesta Snyman-Teessen.
The Herbert family is part of our Holiday Friends Programme. The programme aims to show our children how a healthy functioning family works. We’re very fortunate, as an organisation, that some of our children are able to connect and find homes with families that have embraced them and made them feel like they belong.
* Not her real name
**Not their real surname