We met Daphne and her then-husband in May 2018. They were referred due to marital and child-related difficulties as the young couple married hastily when Daphne was pregnant with their first child, unprepared for life as newlyweds and parents.
They were always at odds about employment, finances, and child care. Additionally, they had complicated relationships with their families, leaving them with no one to turn to for parenting assistance. Their two toddlers witnessed a great deal of spousal violence. Daphne once inadvertently harmed her eldest child. As a consequence, the Child Protective Specialist Centre (CPC) was compelled to act and ultimately place them in foster care.
Daphne was profoundly impacted by this, and it contributed to her emotional instability. To make things worse, her relationship was rocky, with regular disagreements and suspicions of infidelity. These stressors contributed to her developing harmful behaviours, which eventually necessitated hospitalisation. However, after she recovered, she filed for and was granted divorce.
Daphne changed as a result of this - she became driven to rehabilitate herself in order to reconcile with her children. She went on to complete her security training, earning a certification as a senior security officer. Shortly after that, she was granted care and control of her children, and in May 2021, she moved into a new two-room HDB rental flat in Woodlands.
Daphne continues to work with Child Protective Services on being a better parent. She is now happier and more content with her life—thanks to a stable job, the support of her new partner and his family, and her eventual reunion with her children.