Posted on June 26, 2017 by Iosis
Joanne felt lost, alone, broken and in pain. Child, Youth and Family had just removed her toddler and baby from her care. She desperately needed to find hope that she and her children could be together again.
She attended Iosis’s Family Resilience and Getting a Grip on Communication programmes. Listening to the other parents’ stories, Joanne realised she was not alone. She also came to understand how carrying past hurt and anger had calcified over time into a defiant attitude.
“The teaching gave me belonging and identity, and grounded my soul. It made me reflect on history—past things that had happened, that I needed to rectify, and people I needed to go see, to forgive, in order to get that peace within me. I had to go back to go forwards.”
After completing the Iosis programmes, her children returned home. Eighteen months later, Joanne regained full custody and achieved her goal of family restoration.