Foster mom fights for neglected kids

2012-08-20 08:41
(File)

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - A Howick woman is fighting to continue caring for two children she rescued two years ago from severe neglect and malnutrition.

The Tribune reported that Sharon Aurets, a foster mother from Merrivale, was currently looking after seven children.

Aurets is fighting her battle in court as she fears social workers want to take away the now healthy 2-year-old and 4-year-old boys and return them to their mother.

Aurets described how she found one of the children covered in boils and with a filthy plastic bag tied on him as a nappy.

She said he was covered in pus and excrement. She also told how she visited the same house later in 2010 and found a starving pair of twins with severe worm infestations.

After the children were taken to Aurets’s Bridges of Hope home, she was told by the children’s mother that once she got the children again she would receive foster grants.

“I am not optimistic about the outcome of the court case, but will take the matter on and appeal to the high court if I have to,” said Aurets.

A ward councillor said Aurets was doing good work in the community and caring for destitute children but said she sometimes crossed the line by not allowing for children to be reunited with their extended families.

Aurets said: “I know I can’t keep every child. I have looked after at least 70 children in the last two years and most were placed with extended family who want them,” she said.  

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  child abuse

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
14 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.