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    Default Financial assistance from Docs.

    Hi everyone,

    has anyone here ever swallowed their pride and asked for/accepted financial assistance with Docs? Just for help with general things like respite?

    I have been told that they can help with my daycare fees as daycare is classified as respite for a sole parent. They can also assist with helping to pay for other things like swimming lessons, therapies, etc as long as it is proven to be beneficial for the child and parent.

    I'm just wondering if I should still accept the help or not. You hear so many negative stories about DoCS that I am naturally a bit hesitant.
    Though it will help me out for a bit until I have my house sold. Unfortunately, this wont happen overnight :\

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    docs arent always bad people they are there to help... you are right they can provide assistance if you are in need..

    I would give them a call and see what they do for you!!! Cant hurt..

    Good luck

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    It wont be a permanent thing. It's until I have sold the house so I have my deposit back that I can use to help me pay for my sons needs and daycare fees.
    Though I will have to find a place to rent first which means cough up bond and all that rubbish. It's been 3 years since I last rented and I can't believe how much rents have gone up locally. More than I pay on mortgage, but at least I'll get a bit of rent assistance and no more rates and rubbish.

    There was this 1 lady I had to help from my church. She was an (ex) drug addict and just got out of jail after a year for drug dealing and shoplifting. Her 3 kids had been in foster care in that time.
    I worked hard with her and she cleaned up her act (temporarily unfortunately) and she got her kids back full time.
    Everything she needed for the kids, was paid for by Docs. She would only have to give them a call saying they needed school uniforms, and she got it. They needed new shoes, she got it. They needed 400 bucks of fees (per child) to play sports, she got it.
    She used the system to the maximum. I can't do that though. My parents tell me that if she can do it, than I should most definitely go for it as I pay income tax every year.

    Still I am not that kind of person and I am sure there's always people out there that need it more than yours truly.

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    My sister used a similar sort of system. I think it was Brighter Futures or something, can't quite remember what they did for her but there was no future implications. She didn't lose the kids, no ongoing reports etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimplyMum View Post
    My sister used a similar sort of system. I think it was Brighter Futures or something, can't quite remember what they did for her but there was no future implications. She didn't lose the kids, no ongoing reports etc.
    Thanks. Yes I was told that Brighter Futures (works with DoCS, but isn't part of DoCS) is the one that takes care of the daycare fees for as long as you have a DoCS worker. The DoCS worker takes care of other financial problems like the swimming lessons, occupational/speech therapy, special sensory tools, etc. They even offered to buy special heavy soled shoes for my son.

    My main concern is to where to draw the line if I do accept their help. I think that morally I can't just accept everything they offer. It wouldn't feel right.

    What do you think? Are my parents right and should I take everything they offer because I pay $1000,- worth of tax each year? Or should I just accept a little bit of help and try hard to pay for other things myself, to keep my independence and pride somewhat alive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misschief View Post
    My main concern is to where to draw the line if I do accept their help. I think that morally I can't just accept everything they offer. It wouldn't feel right.

    What do you think? Are my parents right and should I take everything they offer because I pay $1000,- worth of tax each year? Or should I just accept a little bit of help and try hard to pay for other things myself, to keep my independence and pride somewhat alive?
    I think thats very much a personal choice, and dependent wholely and solely on you and what your comfortable with. Some people would have no issues accepting all the help they can get, others justify it by saying "I pay tax/I donate/I'll become a volunteer" etc, others just can't bring themselves to do it at all. Each to their own.

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