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Child Youth and Wellbeing Strategy NZ

Adriana van Altvorst ·
The New Zealand Child Youth and Wellbeing Strategy https://childyouthwellbeing.govt.nz/resources/child-and-youth-wellbeing-strategy-html For further information, you can visit https://childyouthwellbeing.govt.nz/ Our Prime Minister, Jacinta Adern is currently the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction. The following is an excerpt of the Forward to the Child Youth and Wellbeing Strategy Our vision for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy is a bold one - that New Zealand be the best place in...
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NZ ~ Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions

Adriana van Altvorst ·
The Royal Commission of Inquiry are looking into what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in State and faith-based care in Aoteoroa New Zealand between the years 1950-99. They may also listen to survivor experiences before and after these dates. The inquiry is considered to be the largest in the world given its scope and terms of reference Why have an Inquiry? Many people and organisations - survivors, community leaders, iwi and Māori, the Human Rights Commission and the...
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Dame Whina Cooper and the NZ Land March 1975

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Peaceful protests can work to bring people together and to raise awareness of concerns. On 13 September 1975, approximately 5000 people marched from Te Hāpua in the North Island down to Wellington. The hīkoi (march) was led by Ngāpuhi leader, Dame Whina Cooper to protest against the loss of Māori land. The hīkoi was one of the first significant protest led by Māori it inspired the rebirth of Māori culture and paved the way for future protests by Māori for Māori. It raised public awareness of...
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Dame Whina Cooper ~ Take care of our children

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Dame Whina Cooper ONZ DBE was a Te Rārawa leader and woman of mana, who worked for many years for the rights of Māori, especially Māori women. Born on 9 December 1895 in Pangaru, Northland, NZ and died 26 March 1994. Aotearoa means land of the long white cloud. It is used by many as another name for New Zealand Watch her speak "You can never WIN anything unless you are there to do something" Her quotes include:
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Baby Courts ~ A way forward for our vulnerable children and their whanau in NZ

Adriana van Altvorst ·
I joined a Zoom meeting with ACES Connection covering the topic Baby Courts in Florida. Baby Court heals multigenerational trauma by bringing together the science of child development into decision making for infants and toddlers who have been removed from their homes. It also works to prevent children from moving into the child welfare system. Both Mimi Graham and Judge Lynn Tepper speaks about Baby Court Their contact details are: Judge Lynn Teppler: ltepper@jud6.org Mimi Graham:...
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Trauma-informed judicial system in NZ and across the world

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Kindness in court: a novel approach by Victoria Greening Link this to my previous post regarding Baby Courts is evidence that there is a change in the mindset of those in the judicial sector. Is that happening in NZ? Is it happening fast enough? Act early, Act fast Our children depend on it
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Social Justice series of a Better Normal

Adriana van Altvorst ·
ACEs Connection provides a wealth of resources that you can access. Take time to explore Gain access to the ACES Connection Roundup which arrives by email in your inbox Carey Sipp shared the link to a blog which provides access to the Social Justice series. It is time well spent viewing the replays and reading through the attachments Safe Babies Court Team™ Logic Model (1).pdf Florida's Early Childhood Court PPT 8.7.20.pdf Early Childhood Court Manual 4172015.pdf Building a Trauma Informed...
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Child poverty in New Zealand

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Anita Baker, Mayor of Porirua was on Breakfast this morning (Monday, 24 August NZTime) she shared her concerns about child poverty in Porirua. She based her concerns on a report by the Porirua Council about child poverty. The report was based on statistics collected before COVID. Anita Baker made a call to our governments to tackle child poverty. Her statement includes a link to the report. This is happening across NZ. It is not isolated to Porirua. Important messages that Anita shares with...
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They "think" they know what it is like ~ They don't

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Anita Baker, Mayor of Porirua, NZ made the statement when discussing child poverty in NZ : They "think" they know what it is like. They don't In NZ, we have many vulnerable people who are marginalised because of who they are and who they are not. Their culture, their beliefs, their ability, their disability, the colour of their skin, the country they come from, their identity. Kevin McLeod uses the term "otherness". I see "otherness" happening right here in NZ, our paradise in the pacific.
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Why I joined ACES CONNECTION

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Kia ora from Auckland, NZ. My name is Adriana. I am the community manager of trauma-informed NZ with ACES CONNECTION. ACES CONNECTION, is based in the States, far from New Zealand, and our way of life, yet, I am the community manager of a community with ACES CONNECTION Today, I am going to share with you, my reasons for joining ACES CONNECTION. I will make a call for action at the end of my talk, so please stay to the end Why did I join ACES CONNECTION? Here is my story. I live in NZ, always...
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A compelling reason why we need to be child-centered and trauma-responsive in NZ

Adriana van Altvorst ·
For those who do not know: Child, Youth and Family Services and Oranga Tamariki are NZ's child protection services. They are a government agency I found this article in the Herald from 2016 , it clearly shows how Oranga Tamariki's predecessors, Child, Youth, and Family Services(CYFS) are incompetent and placed children at risk of harm. Child, Youth, and Family Services were rebranded as Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Children and still they get it wrong. The article Two children aged 8 years...
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Re: New Zealand's first comprehensive assessment of the prevalence of ACES in the NZ population

Jodi Wert ·
I hear you calling for care for the whole ecosystem. With and for you @Adriana van Altvorst .
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New Zealand's first comprehensive assessment of the prevalence of ACES in the NZ population

Adriana van Altvorst ·
This is NZ's first comprehensive assessment of the prevalence of ACES in the NZ population It shows what many of us have known for years, especially those of us who have been raising our concerns, that NZ has a problem The problem is that our children are facing Adverse Childhood Experiences in NZ especially those who are are Young From low socio-economic backgrounds are Maori It also shows that exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences are significantly associated with exposure to Intimate...
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Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei For us and our children after us

Adriana van Altvorst ·
For social workers in NZ ~ cost $90 A one day Live-Streamed event to explore social work practice with Māori and Pasifika to contribute to your Continuing Professional Development. Speakers Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan - Keynote Address Eugene Ryder - Positive Role Modelling Dr. Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia - ‘Le Va Fealoa’i’: Partnering and collaborating with, and for, Pacific communities in Aotearoa New Zealand Jonelle McNeill & Agnes Kapisi-Sevi - Paiheretanga: Changing the narrative around...
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Re: Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei For us and our children after us

anne kurtz ·
Are you allowed to blog/post/solicit on PACES for pay for (90.00) workshops/conferences/events?
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Re: Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei For us and our children after us

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Kia ora @anne kurtz , I believe that we can blog/post on PACES for workshops/conferences/events that cost money as there have been many workshops/conferences/events that have been posted on PACES Connection from a number of communities associated with a cost to attend. The reason that I have promoted this workshop is that here in NZ we need our social workers to improve their practice, especially when working with Maori and Pasifika whanau. As professionals, and this covers every profession,...
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Re: Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei For us and our children after us

anne kurtz ·
Absolutely true, regarding importance of educating M H providers and others in the community of Maori and Pasifika wellbeing models in NZ. There are many who will benefit from this information who are able to pay the asked for registration fee. Often the case, those needing it most, cannot afford the fee. I've often wondered why Maori and Pasifika Indigenous healing practices are not covered by ACC, when Chinese Indigenous - Acupuncture and Medicines are in NZ. All the best in your endeavor.
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New Zealand Human Rights violations known to the United Nations

Adriana van Altvorst ·
I have PTSD. It is an invisible disability. It took me years to accept that I had mental health issues and it took longer for me to accept that I was a person with a disability. I have faced layers of trauma from what others have done to me. Those "others" included those who had a responsibility to protect me. They were not just people I loved but people who held positions of power and they were paid and employed by the NZ government to protect me. They did not They effectively used their...
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Re: Listen up NZ government - You need to STOP harming us with urgency

Adriana van Altvorst ·
It is not a case of NOT knowing It is a case of NOT doing
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Listen up NZ government - You need to STOP harming us with urgency

Adriana van Altvorst ·
NZ Study - School Readiness, Adversities in Childhood Experience and Access to Government Services A Scoping Study on Potential Protective Factors December 2020 This report is based on the NZ context. It is interesting because Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children and the Ministry of Social Development (aka MSD) were involved. This means that both Oranga Tamariki and MSD know about the experiences of our people beyond anecdotal observations. They have in fact done the research. They have...
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Re: MARCH FOR OUR CHILDREN, Auckland NZ

anne kurtz ·
Adriana, I was at Aotea Square Saturday listening, would love to have been introduced to you. Anne
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Bad things happen to GOOD people in NZ

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Bad things happen to GOOD people I stood behind Sam because I support him You need to as well Sam's story is so unbelievable that you may think it did not happen I can say that I have seen the evidence It is all true It shows how Oranga Tamariki social workers inaccurately labeled Sam based on his appearance and shared that inaccurate information with other agencies to split his family apart while he and his partner were facing the imminent death of their son, Titaha This was an abuse of...
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MARCH FOR OUR CHILDREN, Auckland NZ

Adriana van Altvorst ·
March to Save our Children Saturday 26 June 2021 Aotea Square Auckland Central to TVNZ I am Child Advocacy NZ. I am Adriana van Altvorst I stand not as me but as WE Children and whanau have been harmed from those who have been paid by US through our taxes to protect our children. Those with the power to STOP the harm or to ADDRESS that harm. They Know, they have known, they know now BUT still they do not hear our cries for things to change Who are they? Oranga Tamariki Ministry of Education...
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Re: MARCH FOR OUR CHILDREN, Auckland NZ

anne kurtz ·
What’s happening in NZ as a result of COVID, has been outstanding, people opening up, speaking out. Those who have followed the colonial dictate of “Suck it up”, “she’ll be right mate”. The She’s of NZ have not been treated “right”, rape, violence, women’s shelters, homeless-shoeless-doodles children. You are a talented poet, perhaps a poem about Suck It Up NZ would be appropriate at this time? Maybe a T-Shirt? All best, Anne
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Re: MARCH FOR OUR CHILDREN, Auckland NZ

Adriana van Altvorst ·
I wish we did meet up...we can still meet up...we both live in Auckland...
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NZ Family Courts are harming our people and our future

Adriana van Altvorst ·
I am making a call for action to all who read my post Please share this video to raise awareness across the globe Through my role as an advocate, I have seen evidence from many parents facing our NZ Family Courts that our Family Courts are worse than what is shared on the video. Change is needed with urgency Please email our NZ government to make change with urgency Jacinda Adern - NZ Prime Minister - jacindaadern@labour.org.nz Kris Faafoi - Minister for Justice -...
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#LETMEBE

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Kia ora to all, In response to a call for support from a mother who has had her young daughter taken away from her based on inaccurate information, the hearsay of others and judgement by lawyers and judges in the NZ Family Court, I am asking you to join with me in a campaign that she has started here in NZ Here is her post on Facebook: Melissa Stewart I may have screwed up as a girlfriend, wife, Mum and sometimes as a daughter or as a friend, because I don't always say or do the "right...
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Maternal Voice reduces pain in premature babies

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Notice and read this article: Maternal Voice Reduces Pain in Premature Babies Featured Neurology Neuroscience Open Neuroscience Articles Pain August 27, 2021 This is especially for all employees of Oranga Tamariki (Child protection services in NZ), NZ Family Court judges, and NZ Lawyers for Children Get informed with scientific evidence Work harder at getting trauma-responsive Babies need to be kept with their mothers at birth, from birth and onwards If you want the best for our children...
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The danger of Flashbacks

Adriana van Altvorst ·
The danger of flashbacks is that once you are back there, You can get stuck and Never find a way out. That is why we need strategies To find our way out again When you are with a person especially children who are facing flashbacks Please show us kindness and compassion And if you have absolutely no idea about what I am saying Please educate yourself If there is anything that is going to help us ALL to get unstuck Is empathy and that means EVERYONE knows about trauma and what it is like...
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Whakarongo mai whānau!

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Listen to me! Bad things happen to good people in NZ Many families in New Zealand have been ruthlessly torn apart and desecrated by Oranga Tamariki, harming the very children they were tasked to protect. There are many horrific stories that are hidden away from the general public because parents and children are so traumatized that they cannot speak up. They cannot share what they have experienced because it is so painful for them to do so. Some parents do speak up. They are neither seen nor...
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CYFS continue to children from their parents as a first resort with limited evidence

Adriana van Altvorst ·
I have changed the name to CYFS as they desecrate Maori and ALL that is Maori. They do not deserve to carry a Maori name. This post is especially for all Child, Youth, and Family Services (child protection services in NZ) social workers and Family Court judges Whanau and the child are one Removal of children from their whanau is the last resort Removal from their birth mother is the last resort Kelvin Davis told us that CYFS would only remove children from their parents as a last resort...
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I have PTSD - That does not mean I can't be a good parent

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Through my work as an advocate, I have met many people who, like me, have PTSD. I have PTSD because people made the choice to hurt me so bad that I now live with that every day. I live with trauma. The thing is I survived. I made the decision to pick myself up, to stand again, reset and keep moving forward. I now face many, many people including professionals who believe, erroneously, that I am my trauma. This is especially true in NZ because, in my country that I love so much, far too many...
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Lake Alice ~ What New Zealand did to their own

Adriana van Altvorst ·
(Blog image of Paul Zentveld - Lake Alice abuse survivor) Read this NZ Stuff article by Aaron Smale I ask that you reflect on your definition of mental health Your definition of mental health will determine how you respond to people with mental health The term "mental health" does not need to change Our perceptions, our definition, our response to the term "mental health" needs to change. Once I said that we need to take away the term "mental health" and replace it with another term. I...
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Re: Lake Alice ~ What New Zealand did to their own

Jodi Wert ·
<3 <3 <3 keep going *Jodi Wert* *Early Childhood Specialist* Website: www.jodiwert.com Phone: 919.200.3990 Email: jodi@jodiwert.com LinkedIn: Jodi Wert < https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodiwert/ > Pronouns: she/her (What's this < https://www.glsen.org/sites/de...nouns%20Resource.pdf > ?) Neuro-authentic (What's this < https://www.jodiwert.com/neuro-authentic >?) On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 1:38 AM PACEsConnection < communitymanager@acesconnection.com> wrote:
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The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implicit Bias Awareness Training

Emily P Jackson ·
The Dibble Institute is pleased to present an introductory webinar by Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks Sr. of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity , which will provide foundational information on implicit bias. It will focus at the individual level and discuss how implicit bias affects everyone. Strategies to reduce or manage implicit bias will be discussed. Broadly speaking, group-based bias involves varying degrees of stereotyping (exaggerated beliefs about others), prejudice...
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Re: The Humpty Dumpty of New Zealand needs help

anne kurtz ·
Yah, we’ve ALL been Aware. So what? Words and venting are different from Action. What ya gonna do with your Words?
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The Humpty Dumpty of New Zealand needs help

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Whakarongo mai whānau! CYFS is the Humpty Dumpty of New Zealand I am oppositional defiant When I hear the words "Can't" and "Impossible" I say We can do When you believe you make the seemingly impossible Possible Social workers working for CYFS create many of the problems that families, parents and children face in New Zealand. All professionals know this: In order to understand why we have CYFS social workers that are not following best practices, we need to know about the supports that...
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Re: The Humpty Dumpty of New Zealand needs help

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Kia ora @anne kurtz My words are my action. To empower people with knowledge If you want to change, and we all want change. We need to get informed. We need to call it out Use the knowledge to take action. Use the complaints process to take action Use the Social Workers Registration Board to make complaints about individual social workers Send emails to the relevant agencies to raise your concerns and to provide solutions Send emails to the Minister of Children ~ Kelvin Davis Share this...
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NZ Family Violence Prevention Strategy

Adriana van Altvorst ·
ACC is investing $44.9 million over four years to establish a fit-for-purpose sexual violence primary prevention system, Minister for ACC Carmel Sepuloni announced 3 October 2021. “Almost a quarter of adults in New Zealand have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, and around one in six people are affected by sexual violence before the age of 18,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “These high rates cannot continue. We need to put in place systems that protect our whānau and our future...
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Support our mothers to be the best that they can be

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Mothers need our support and guidance to become the best mother that they can be for their children Social workers and principals/teachers in New Zealand MUST use best practices in order to keep those they work with, both children and their parents safe Currently, there are far too many social workers and principals/teachers that do not use best practices causing significant harm to our parents and their children. Sadly, many professionals using bad practices are women, many are mothers.
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The SYSTEM will not include us

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Tēnā Koutou katoa Greetings to many I have not posted for a long time. I have been busy spending time with our survivors of abuse in State Care and rebuilding my relationship with Oranga Tamariki In short, working to heal the harm. Over the past 3 days, I attended the Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in State Care hearings to listen to the Institutional responses of State agencies to abuse in care I made daily posts to my LinkedIn network I am going to share those posts here with you to...
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Re: NZ Education system ~ We have no systemic racism

anne kurtz ·
Adriana when can we meet in person? Anne
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NZ Education system ~ We have no systemic racism

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Iona Holsted, Chief Executive and Secretary for Education said in her response on behalf of the Ministry of Education that she does not acknowledge that our NZ education system has systemic racism . This was later endorsed by Nicholas Pole, Chief Executive and Chief Reviewer of the Education Review Office, in his response on behalf of the Education Review Office. I may have gotten it wrong. I don't think so, as I was there at the hearing. Sadly, our media did not pick up on this, and it was...
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Abuse in Care: Survivors experiences 'abhorrent' – Oranga Tamariki

Adriana van Altvorst ·
An article from Katie Doyle Abuse survivors faced “unacceptable and abhorrent” experiences in state care, the chief executive of Oranga Tamariki says. Te Hapimana Te Kani (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Tūhoe, Ngāti Maniapoto, Rongowhakaata), also known as Chappie Te Kani, took the stand today as part of the Royal Commission’s Abuse in Care inquiry – Institutional Response Hearing . The scope of the hearings include the years between 1950 and 1999. Te Kani was the first of several...
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Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in State Care

Adriana van Altvorst ·
I am attending the Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in State Care hearing at Newmarket. I am listening to the Institutional Responses ~ Responses from the representatives of our State agencies. I will be sharing my thoughts on LinkedIn and also information from the media I believe that this is an important space as it shows the importance of using a trauma-informed approach to heal the harm and to move forward WITH the survivors. Our State agencies need to share their power with us by...
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Re: Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in State Care

anne kurtz ·
So what's new. That's been the story from day 1 because they know they can. Tight lipped, closed lip, control, it's worked in the past, so why change? It's the way "we do things". Anne I did not know one could watch the proceedings from Newmarket?
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Re: Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in State Care

Adriana van Altvorst ·
KIa ora Anne, Hearings are open to the public The State Institutional Response public hearing will take place from 15-26 August 2022 at Level 2, 414 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Tāmaki Makaurau. It will be open to the public and live streamed on the Royal Commission’s website. The responses of State agencies to the abuse and neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults will be examined by the Royal Commission of Inquiry in an upcoming public hearing that will run from 15 to 26...
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Re: Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in State Care

anne kurtz ·
Adriana Hi- Will you send your cellphone number please. Thanks, Anne
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Re: Royal Commission Inquiry into Abuse in State Care

Adriana van Altvorst ·
Hi Anne, My contact details 027 ADRIANA 027 2374262 Child Education Advocate Neuro-authentic ( What's this ?) Pronouns: she/her ( What's this ?) Email 1: adriana@childadvocacy.nz Email 2: adrianavanaltvorst@gmail.com Paces Connection: Trauma-responsive NZ YouTube: Child Advocacy NZ Facebook: Child Advocacy NZ Mobile: (+64 27 2374262)
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