17th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Rydges World Square, Sydney
19th-21st June 2024

Stepping Up

Zaani Afford

Aboriginal Throughcare Case Manager

Zaani Afford is a community services graduate who works in the adult justice sector. She combines her personal experience of incarceration with her professional expertise in case management to help individuals transition back into society. Zaani works for a non-profit organization called Outcare, where she is committed to achieving the goal of reducing the risk of reoffending through a comprehensive throughcare model. Zaani was adopted when she was just three months old. She had a promising future in sports, but due to the commitments involved in maintaining contact with both her biological and adopted families, she was unable to attend many sporting events and major competitions. This made her feel like she needed to please everyone and not feel abandoned. Unfortunately, this pressure led Zaani to commit a crime and she was sentenced to prison for stealing as a servant. Zaani thought that by working for a small company in Perth, she could support her family in New Zealand. Zaani utilizes her personal experiences to assist others who are encountering the same obstacles that she once did. She offers encouragement and support to her clients, particularly those dealing with child protection issues in the legal system, as well as the families involved. Zaani\’s determination to restore family connections and establish stability is crucial to creating a positive future.

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