Referred to Presbyterian Support by Oranga Tamariki, 20-year-old Ari* is a young man who has experienced many traumas and challenges throughout his early years.
Through no fault of his own, Ari found himself in the care of Oranga Tamariki, separated from his siblings, due to extensive family harm. As a child, he was surrounded by abuse, violence, gangs, drugs, and resulting police involvement.
Ari now lives with his partner and their two young children. One of his children has a disability and requires ongoing support. Ari has been unable to work due to mental and physical health issues and day-to-day life has been hard, juggling a household, budgeting, and being a good father and partner - at times it has been extremely stressful, but Ari has been proactive in breaking the cycle of family harm that he witnessed as a child.