Cleo’s life began in the saddest of circumstances...
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Cleo’s life began in the saddest of circumstances. Instead of being welcomed into the world in a hospital by parents longing to meet her, Cleo was born on the floor of a public toilet.
Instead of having a comfortable room to come home to that had been lovingly prepared months in advance, Cleo’s mum was homeless. She hadn’t even realised she was pregnant.
As for Cleo’s father, he had sexually assaulted her mother, and that was how she’d become pregnant at just 16 years old.
Cleo’s mother Kaylee took drugs during her pregnancy and struggled with serious mental health issues. Feeling overwhelmed she placed her newborn into care.
That’s when Barnardos met Cleo. Thanks to support from people like you, we matched her with a new family, carefully chosen for their ability to meet her specific needs.
But every day in Australia, there are 186 new reports of child abuse and neglect. Please consider donating to our tax time appeal today, so we can support and protect more children like Cleo and help change their lives forever.
Because child abuse is never ok.
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