When Jenny’s mother, Wilamena, was traced, she was homeless. She had not intended to abandon her daughter but leave her with a friend while she laced the resources to feed of care for her. She believed her baby would be in better hands as she’d only been able to feed her discarded, soured milk.

When Jenny turned 18 months, Wilamena wishes to be part of her life again. Still homeless, she moved into PathFinders’ Shelter with the hope of rebuilding the relationship, but she struggled to build a bond and repeatedly missed visiting Jenny in her foster home.

It became evident Wilamena was battling a mental illness and needed treatment. Recognising her poor situation (health, financial and immigration status) would make it impossible to provide a bright future for her daughter, Wilamena signed over her parental rights, enabling Jenny to find a permanent loving family.