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Child vaccination crackdown
will be sent home from childcare
centres and preschool during a
disease outbreak, under a new
State Government vaccination
Local parents and carers will be
asked to provide government
preschool or care services with
details of their child's immunisation
status, as part of an initiative aimed
at protecting children against
The move comes after Gawler's
recent measles outbreak prompted
Health Minister Jack Snelling to
introduce proposed new laws that
would give childcare centres the
right to turn away unvaccinated
Education and Child Development
Minister Susan Close said children
who fail to have up-to-date
immunisation records will not
be permitted to attend sessions
for a period of time that will be
determined by SA Health.
"This procedure will assist early
childhood services to act swiftly
and ensure unvaccinated children
have minimal exposure to vaccine-
preventable diseases that may exist
at the site," she said.
"Children's immune systems are
still developing in their early years,
and immunisation is a simple, safe
and effective way to protect them
and others in the community by
reducing the spread of disease.
The protocol will begin from the
start of term two this year.
Foster prodigal son returns
LONG-TIME local foster parents Donna
Scott and Graham Ladner enjoyed an extra
special Christmas last month.
The couple were reunited with their 10-year-
old son -- who lost his birth mum in a car
accident -- for the first time in eight years.
The boy, who was placed in foster care since
he was a baby, was two years old when he
reconnected with his biological mother, who
had rehabilitated from substance abuse.
In a tragic twist of events, the boy's
mother was killed in a car accident just eight
months later, and the children were placed in
the care of relatives, which "wasn't the best
Super-mum Mrs Scott, who also has an eight-
year-old boy, 14-year-old girl and 21-year-
old biological son, said, despite the tragic
circumstances, it felt surreal to reconnect with
her "cheeky and energetic" little boy -- just
three days before Christmas.
"I went to reconnect with him personally,
before I made a decision on behalf of the
family," she said.
"I took his baby photos with me, and his eyes
welled up with tears, because he had never
seen a photo of him as a baby.
"That confirmed to him that he did live with
us, and we did care about him.
"I immediately said we would take him
back, remembering him as a baby, because
we had spent a lot of time with him, and
his brothers and sisters, while the mum was
"You walk down the street, wondering if you'll
ever see them again, so for them to come back
in your care is great."
Mrs Scott is now grateful that she held onto the
boy's personal items, knowing how much they
mean to young foster children.
"I still had his little jumpsuit and teddies from
when he lived with us. There's one teddy,
which he loves and remembers, and he has
clung to it," she said.
"It gives them a bit of grounding, knowing that
if they ever come back, there's something of
theirs still here."
Despite suffering learning difficulties and daily
struggles, Mrs Scott said the young boy is
highly motivated and hopes to become a police
officer when he grows up.
"He's got a lot of issues, because the last eight
years haven't been the best, but we are getting
there slowly," she said.
Now, Mrs Scott hopes to reconnect with the
boy's other siblings.
Over the past decade, Mrs Scott has fostered
over 135 young children at her Sandy Creek
home -- many of them babies born of alcohol-
and drug-addicted mothers.
"To watch them grow up, and see how they
develop, is just unreal," she said.
"It is a lot of hard work and, sometimes, it can
take its toll. You can imagine the grief and loss
as a carer and for the child when they have to
"A lot of people blame the government, but
it's not the government's fault these kids are in
care. Child protection is everyone's concern,
so we need to take responsibility.
"If we all work together, we can help all
of these kids. Don't turn a blind eye -- be a
community and work together."
Sandy Creek foster
Ladner and Donna
Scott shared a special
Christmas reunion with
their 10-year-old son,
who was separated
from the family for
eight years, and their
other foster children.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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