The Katina Woodruff Children’s Foundation serves clients who are experiencing post-traumatic stress, dislocation and major life-shift adjustments associated with settling into a vastly different culture. Most of the children are suffering grief – numerous children have been orphaned prior to being sent to live in Australia. All of Katina’s clients are suffering the grief of disassociation from their extended family network and familiar culture and language.
The Foundation works with children who have recently arrived in Australia to assist them in:
- Overcoming past trauma and current suffering;
- Adjusting to cultural and linguistic relocation while preserving connections with first cultures; and
- Equipping them for full participation in Australian life and society.
What do we actually do?
- Children showing signs of acute suffering and distress are identified
- We determine the causes of trauma through exploratory play sessions within the school and home settings, including siblings and parents
- We then design and implement tailored programs for each child based on their cultural needs and action plans which help other practitioners to more adequately address the suffering and distress of the child
- Demonstrate, train and mentor others to use the methods developed by the Foundation
Our programs take place in the child’s school and neighbourhood communities bringing about understanding and cultural sensitivity between Australians and new arrivals.
Ann Macbeth (Annimac) Futurist/Child Psychologist
Dorothy O’Reilly, Deputy Principal (CEO) Intensive English Centre