My name is Daryl Brougham and I hold a Bachelor of Social Work (Biculturalism in Practice). I have also lived in care as a foster child from the age of three months to 18 years as a ward of the state, with over 30 placements, 20 social workers and 27 schools. I have experienced every type of neglect, abuse and maltreatment but I have survived to share my experiences.
On 13 February 2015, I received an official apology from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) for failing to protect me from neglect, abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and for also sending me to the United States. They also acknowledged that many caregivers I was placed with were unapproved and systems were not followed. Through their apology the ministry also acknowledged that they failed to find me permanent placement and admitted the damage done from exposure to multiple placements.
"Through the eyes of a foster child"
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a foster home and be taken away from people who love you? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a strange place in a new world? Well here is a real chance for you to do this simply by reading. You’re able to journey with me through 18 years of foster care placements, and you will have first-hand experience of what it’s like to walk through the front door and live in a strange place. Feel, see and experience the horrors of moving, abuse, neglect, maltreatment and much much more. I dare you to take the challenge.
I am a qualified social worker with a bachelor degree in social work practice.
2017 New Zealander of the year Finalist
2017 Attitude Award - people's Choice
I offer presentations of what it's like to live in foster care and show the audience the vital sign posts by using my own lived experinece.