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SafeCare accreditation success for OzChild

SafeCare accreditation success for OzChild

In an Australian first, OzChild has been accredited as a provider of the SafeCare®.

The first group of graduates of OzChild's SafeCare parenting program.

parenting program. The organisation is also the first international (non-USA) agency to be accredited.

SafeCare is an evidence-based parenting program designed by researchers at the National SafeCare Training and Research Centre (NSTRC) at Georgia State University in the United States. It has been shown to reduce child abuse and neglect. OzChild is currently delivering SafeCare to parents in Victoria.

OzChild CEO Lisa Griffiths said she was proud of the team’s exceptional work ethic and capability to meet all the requirements to become an accredited provider.

“The team is outstanding and have worked so hard, they are getting really positive outcomes for families that are experiencing vulnerability,” Ms Griffiths said.

OzChild began SafeCare training in 2017 with experts from the NSTRC, Georgia State University and the New York Foundling (NYF).

The program runs over 18 sessions and targets three skills: positive parenting, home safety and child health.  The NYF Implementation Support Centre and OzChild facilitated the program’s adaption to the Australian context and is supporting the implementation.

SafeCare uses the explain-model-practice-feedback model to help practitioners teach the behaviours, practise them with parents and then give feedback.

The OzChild team is thrilled with the model and its effectiveness with families that experience vulnerability. The first group of parents to undertake the program recently graduated with flying colours.

The evidence-base of SafeCare includes several randomised studies that have shown positive outcomes compared to services as usual or no services on the following outcomes: increased parenting skills, reduced likelihood of child maltreatment reports, reduced parental depression, improved program engagement and completion, and increased program satisfaction.

SafeCare resources are clear and easy to read, with tool kits that help workers keep on track and help parents make better decisions around the health of their children.

OzChild Wishing Tree Christmas Gift Appeal 2017

OzChild Wishing Tree Christmas Gift Appeal 2017

Give the gift of joy to some of Australia’s most vulnerable children by buying a present for the OzChild Christmas Wishing Tree.

Christmas is usually a time of excitement and joy for children.

But every year hundreds of local children face a Christmas about as far from what you’d want for your own child as you can possibly imagine. They’ve been removed from their parents to protect them from family violence, abuse or neglect. They’ve had their world turned upside down – but you can help change this and give them the joy every child deserves this Christmas.

That's why every year OzChild collaborates with local schools, businesses, clubs and individuals to collect Christmas gifts for:

  • Children in our foster and kinship care programs
  • Children from our low-income or struggling families supported by our programs
  • Children living with a disability supported by OzChild

Buying a gift to brighten a child’s Christmas morning is one way to give them a break, to help them feel valued, loved and safe.

Leading up to Christmas, we’ll be collecting gifts for all the children and young people OzChild supports.

How it works

  1. Contact us to let us know your organisation would like to take part by contacting Glynis Smalley or gsmalley@ozchild.org.au
  2. We will deliver OzChild Wishing Tree gift tags (and an OzChild Xmas Wishing tree if required!) along with posters and instructions. Each tag includes the name, age and interests of a vulnerable child
  3. Your staff / team or students can then:
    1. choose a tag from the OzChild Wishing Tree.
    2. Purchase a gift for the child described on your tag.
    3. Leave the gift unwrapped, name tag attached, under the tree (or with your organisation’s nominated contact).
  4. On December 7, we'll come back to collect the tree and gifts and distribute them to children in our care.

Not only will this provide Christmas presents and much needed funds for the disadvantaged children within OzChild’s programs but doing this will also take some of the burden off the carers who generously open up their hearts and homes to help children in need.

To get involved in this year’s Wishing Tree Christmas Gift Appeal, please contact Glynis Smalley or gsmalley@ozchild.org.au

Want to give beyond your gift?

Make an online donation to OzChild’s vulnerable and at-risk children

Resources

Various digital assets to promote the appeal will be available online shortly.

OzChild Wishing Tree Christmas Gift Appeal

OzChild Wishing Tree Christmas Gift Appeal

Give the gift of joy to some of Australia’s most vulnerable children by buying a present for the OzChild Christmas Wishing Tree.

Christmas is usually a time of excitement and joy for children.

But every year hundreds of local children face a Christmas about as far from what you’d want for your own child as you can possibly imagine. They’ve been removed from their parents to protect them from family violence, abuse or neglect. They’ve had their world turned upside down – but you can help change this and give them the joy every child deserves this Christmas.

That's why every year OzChild collaborates with local schools, businesses, clubs and individuals to collect Christmas gifts for:

  • Children in our foster and kinship care programs
  • Children from our low-income or struggling families supported by our programs
  • Children living with a disability supported by OzChild

Buying a gift to brighten a child’s Christmas morning is one way to give them a break, to help them feel valued, loved and safe.

Leading up to Christmas, we’ll be collecting gifts for all the children and young people OzChild supports.

How it works

  1. Contact us to let us know your organisation would like to take part by contacting Glynis Smalley or gsmalley@ozchild.org.au
  2. We will deliver OzChild Wishing Tree gift tags (and an OzChild Xmas Wishing tree if required!) along with posters and instructions. Each tag includes the name, age and interests of a vulnerable child
  3. Your staff / team or students can then:
    1. choose a tag from the OzChild Wishing Tree.
    2. Purchase a gift for the child described on your tag.
    3. Leave the gift unwrapped, name tag attached, under the tree (or with your organisation’s nominated contact).
  4. On December 7, we'll come back to collect the tree and gifts and distribute them to children in our care.

Not only will this provide Christmas presents and much needed funds for the disadvantaged children within OzChild’s programs but doing this will also take some of the burden off the carers who generously open up their hearts and homes to help children in need.

To get involved in this year’s Wishing Tree Christmas Gift Appeal, please contact Glynis Smalley or gsmalley@ozchild.org.au

Or buy a gift online with the Simply Giving online platform:

Buy gift online

 

Want to give beyond your gift?

Make an online donation to OzChild’s vulnerable and at-risk children

Resources

We appreciate all helping hands. Download the A4 poster and email/social media image to promote the appeal.

 

Can you provide a loving home for Jane?

Can you provide a loving home for Jane?

Ten-year-old Jane* is outgoing, loves school, and has many interests including basketball, cooking, and arts and crafts; and she enjoys playing with other children.

Jane is currently part of OzChild’s Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) program to help increase her positive behaviour and skills.

Unfortunately Jane’s TFCO placement is scheduled to end in a few months.

And this is where we need your help.

Unlike many of the children in the program, Jane will not be returning to her birth family so we are looking for an open-hearted carer or family to welcome Jane into their home long-term.

Despite having an intellectual disability, Jane is making excellent academic progress at her school where she is a full time student. She especially loves maths, technology, and listening to stories.

The child therapist and skills coach from Jane’s TFCO team report she has made great progress through the program. She has learnt new strategies to help manage her feelings and now happily plays with the other students at the school.

Jane’s current carer has been able to help her behaviour with innovative and creative techniques to engage positive behaviours for the long term.

By rewarding Jane with incentive-based activities this has provided Jane with consistency and boundaries, and encouraged her to practice trying out her new skills such as using good manners.

Training and support will be readily available to the carer to ensure a smooth transition for Jane into her new home and the progress made in the TFCO program continues.

If you think you have what it takes to provide a loving home and continuing care for a bubbly 10-year-old girl, please contact Virginia Papadopoulos on 9212 3947.

*not her real name

Win tickets to Aladdin!

Win tickets to Aladdin!

OzChild are giving away 4 tickets to the see Disney’s New Broadway musical Aladdin.

To enter, go to our Facebook OR Instagram page and follow the instructions.

Entries close Wednesday 18 October at 11.59PM.

Learn more about the Treatment Foster Care Oregon program here.

Terms & Conditions here.