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Befriend A Child


A little while ago I wrote about becoming a pen pal to an asylum seeking child in detention. (It seems that the program has been inundated with enquiries – so if you had tried to get in touch with them, know that.)

Yesterday I read about another important program called Befriend A Child over on the Frankie Magazine blog.

I clicked right through because I think that a) kids in detention is just a ridiculous, senseless and criminal notion and I know that b) we should all try to help in whichever ways we can.

What I found out was this: Befriend A Child runs a letter writing campaign, a visiting campaign and also shares information about how to lobby the government for change (including sending toys to MPs – and asking them to send them on to children in detention centres – thus getting them involved directly.)

Befriend A Child want to change things, reach out to kids in detention (and support those around them) and work towards a goal of NO CHILDREN in detention. There’s a whole bunch of excellent people behind the (non-profit) project.

Head over to their site to find out more and work out how you might want to help out – or even just share what they are doing with your friends and family? That’s helpful too.

How do you feel about children in detention?


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    February 3, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Thanks for including practical things that people can do to try to help. It’s given me a few new ideas. Minister Peter Dutton is our federal member in the area where I live. I hadn’t thought of sending toys to his office for him to ensure they reach children in detention. Emails and letters only ever get the stock-standard, political response.

    I received information from Befriend a Child a little while ago and am currently drafting a letter and deciding what little things I can put in with my letter that might brighten a child’s day. I have worked with young children and I have a young child of my own. It is beyond my comprehension how our country’s policy can be one which knowingly leads to such deep harm.


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    February 3, 2016 at 5:38 AM

    I befriended a child (16) fourteen years ago. He was homeless. The best thing I have ever done in my life. He is a total gem. It is really a lifelong commitment so do not do this thing lightly.

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      February 3, 2016 at 6:32 AM

      That’s a life-changing thing to do – for both of you. Thanks for telling us about it. xx

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