The Silent Heroines
A Story of Grandparent Carers
What happens when a family falls apart, for whatever reason? Be it drugs, alcohol, mental illness or domestic violence, children are caught in the middle, and they suffer. But who will step in to save them?
This dilemma faced Donna, a migrant mother, when she realised that her own infant grandchild had been born into a bad situation. Isabella was neglected, a child at risk, when Donna and Tom commenced the long battle through the Family Court to save her.
Shedding a much-loved career to take on the role of Grandparent carer, Donna soon realised she was not alone. Thousands of grandparents were raising their grandchildren, most without any support, except from each other.
This is a story of sacrifice, ingenuity, pain and hilarity as this widening band of women keep the wheels of ‘family’ turning ...
They are the ‘Grandcarers’ ... and Donna was now one of them.