Like so many of the young people who come to Barnardos for help, Brad’s childhood history had scarred him mentally and emotionally. By the age of 16, Brad was convinced that the only way to survive in life was to rage his way through it.
Vandalism, drugs and violence affected his behaviour when Brad first came to Barnardos. He was offered a placement in Hohnen House in Barnardos Adolescent Services program where workers addressed his specific problems. Brad himself desperately wanted to live with a family but due to his numerous problems this was not yet a suitable option.
However, in time, Brad’s behaviour improved to the point where he was able to move to a foster care placement which helped him to address some of his particular issues. His foster parents provided the caring and nurturing environment Brad had never known and worked patiently with him, remaining undaunted in spite of many setbacks.
From this point Brad improved in leaps and bounds. He is not only no longer violent, he is well-mannered and understands the value of a good work ethic. He regularly visits his foster carers whom he now calls Mum and Dad.
All of Brad’s previous criminal history is now left behind and with the help and support of Barnardos and his wonderful foster family, he is now fully ready to embark on the journey of his adult life.