Posted on June 28, 2016 by Iosis

Iosis: Our Stories - Letichia playing with her baby daughterLetechia’s two older children were removed from her care. Pregnant again, and having just completed a residential programme for drug addiction, Letechia was referred to Iosis’s Merivale Whanau Development Centre. Her baby girl was born 10 days later.

Parent-child attachment is one of many things Letechia learned about at Merivale. It has transformed the way she connects with all of her children.

“I think that is amazing. When my daughter was a real new-born baby, I didn’t understand how I could play with her. I talked to her a little bit but not to the extent that you are taught at Merivale.”

Letechia is using what she learned to help repair aspects of her relationship with her other children. She will get plenty of opportunity to put this new knowledge into further practice when they are returned to her care.

“I feel good. I have really worked on myself so much, and I have learned a lot. I have a new daughter and I feel connected. I’m just so grateful that I was given the chance to prove myself.”

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