Foster mom fights for neglected kids

2012-08-20 08:41

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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.  

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