Sunday, November 11, 2007

13-year-old living alone.

A 13-year-old girl has been left to raise herself alone in a Sydney apartment following the death of her father.

The NSW Department of Community Services has allowed the year 8 student to stay in the community housing apartment on her own for almost four weeks. But DoCS - which claims to have offered the teenager financial assistance to buy groceries - has given the teenage girl just $50 over the past month.

Her parents separated more than a decade ago and she has seen her mother only a handful of times since. Her father died in hospital last month. Amber has allegedly repeatedly refused offers from the Department of Community Services (DoCS) to live with her mother or stepfather. » Full article here

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