Hannah* is a mother of two young children who were in foster care for nearly two years.
She told Suncoast Communtiy Legal Service that the father of the children had sexually abused them, and afterwards she had found it difficult to cope with the subsequent stress and separation. She went to the Department to have her children placed into temporary foster care. However, the Department refused to return the children. She was only allowed supervised contact visits with her children once per fortnight.
Hannah came to Suncoast Community Legal Service for advice. The lawyers at Suncoast communicated and negotiated with the Department. Eventually the children were allowed back with their mother full-time.
*Not real name