Heartbreaking moment Indigenous child begs to be returned to foster parents who have cared for her since she was a toddler
- Indigenous child begged to be allowed to stay with foster parents
- Milly fled various care arrangements 11 times
- In heartbreaking clip she asks for ‘normal childhood’
A distraught Indigenous child has begged to be returned to her foster parents in a heartbreaking video.
Filmed last year, the clip shows a little girl named Milly asking to move back in with Tom and Marie at their home in the Northern Territory.
The couple have questioned why Milly was taken out of their care after she ran away from 11 other care arrangements in her desperation to be with them.
Her desperation is evident in the video where she tearfully says, “I feel like I will never be a normal kid with a normal childhood. I just want my family, I just want my (foster parents) and my brother to be back together like they used to be.
“Can you please make this happen?”
Despite her emotional pleas, Milly was taken from her foster parents and tossed between nearly a dozen homes.
She kept running away, begging to be returned to Tom and Marie, who have taken care of her since she was a toddler.
“She would run from wherever they put her and come back to us and then we would have to force her to leave. It was horrible,’ said Tom The Weekend Australian.
“But after about the 11th time, we said we can’t do this anymore. I had to say, “I’m not going to let you get in the car. I’m not sending you away again.”
Police and agents were present when Milly refused to leave her foster parents, but they couldn’t get her into the car and decided to let her stay.
She is finally allowed to stay with her foster parents, where her biological mother is allowed to visit her when she is sober.
Her biological grandfather and aunt support Milly staying with Tom and Marie because they know where she lives and can visit her whenever they want.
Despite the happy outcome for Milly, her grandfather worries that no one knows where her younger brother Benny is.
The heartbreaking clip, filmed last year, shows Milly begging to stay with Tom and Marie at their home in the Northern Territory
Milly’s biological grandfather and aunt support her staying with Tom and Marie because they know where she lives and can visit her whenever they want (stock image)
‘Nobody tells us where he is. I want to see his face, talk face to face. He needs to know where we are,’ he said.
Marie says they are very close to Milly’s birth family.
“We knew we couldn’t raise these kids without them. We always told them that we would take care of these children as long as they needed it,” she said.
The couple became foster parents simply to help children in need.
“We said we would be there for these kids as long as they need us. We’ve made a lifelong commitment,’ Marie said.