The founder of Angels for the Forgotten, Melina Skidmore, is a single mother to 4 beautiful children, a survivor of long term child abuse and complex trauma including Domestic Violence.
She is a fierce advocate for the rights of children, youth, families and individuals who slip between the cracks and are often overlooked by our society.
Angels for the Forgotten was founded on the 17th of December 2010.
The birth of the charity was a culmination of Melina's life long dream to assist children and family's who, like herself, have experienced the foster care system, domestic violence and homelessness. She also draws on her more recent experiences as a mother navigating the often complex, exhausting and heartbreaking journey of trying to access basic support for her children with Autism and complex mental health issues, these experiences have driven her passion and are the roots of our charity.
The issues faced by our founder are issues faced by thousands around our country everyday, and they have been being faced for many years. These are not new issues, but they are issues that need to be addressed and they need action.
Angels for the Forgotten Is here to offer tangible support and to help change the experiances of those in crisis situations.
We simply aim to provide "dignity, hope and Joy" through practical acts of support and kindness that will amount to big changes.
" It is the smallest things that make the biggest difference."
Values and objectives
- To actively raise awareness by engaging communities to support vulnerable and abused children, youth and families in their community with an emphasis on abuse prevention.
- To promote all children's rights in society as a whole
- To work towards and promote better outcomes for all children living in care or crisis regardless of ability, gender or ethnicity.
- To assist children in ‘out of home care’ and 'Crisis care' (0-18 years) by providing essential items through care packages given to children during the initial 24 hrs in care.
- To assist carers of special needs children with mental health disorders, Autism and related conditions, by providing assistance through resources, information, support and encouragement.
- To celebrate and support the work of all carers and crisis care workers.
- To assist all carers through provision of information, support and resources to ensure they can provide the best possible lifestyle for kids in their care.
- To raise awareness of mental illness in all children and youth with a focus on the lack of supports for children diagnosed prior to 12 years and their families.
- To educate the wider community and raise awareness on the lifelong effects of child abuse and trauma on victims over their life span.
- To promote and encourage prevention of all forms of child abuse and domestic/family violence in any form.
- To work towards and advocate for better support and understanding for victims of domestic / family violence.
- To support children transitioning from care to independent living through targeted learning programs, provision of support,resources, referrals and encouragement.
- To raise awareness of the needs of children aged 14-25 who transition from care to independent living and promoting the need for better life outcomes for these children.