Girl living alone at 13

12 11 2007


Girl living alone at 13

By Andrew Chesterton

“A 13-YEAR-OLD girl has been left to raise herself alone in a Sydney apartment following the death of her father.

The NSW Department of Community Services has allowed the year 8 student to stay in the community housing apartment on her own for almost four weeks.

But DoCS – which claims to have offered the teenager financial assistance to buy groceries – has given the teenage girl just $50 over the past month.

Her parents separated more than a decade ago and she has seen her mother only a handful of times since. Her father died in hospital last month.

She is visited sporadically by her 24-year-old step-sister – who lives in community housing almost 30 minutes drive away. Sometimes her sister stays overnight…”

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