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At risk youth in Cranbourne and surrounding areas will be given a new home thanks to Boutique Homes and children’s charity OzChild. The new house is ready to begin construction in Cranbourne North and will provide a safe space for the region’s most vulnerable young people. Read more. More about Let’s Stay Together
Red Hill South Resident Jill McLachlan retired from work just over 12 months ago but, wanting to do something that could make a different to others, she investigated volunteering opportunities. “With some free time I thought I should find some volunteering work where I could use my skills to help others and provide me with
Glenda Quinn was interviewed on RPP FM’s Eye on the Peninsula program to answer the hard questions about foster care, and what the new TFCO program will mean for foster care in Victoria. RPP FM: This week we speak to Glenda of Berwick who’s been a foster carer for 21 years. Glenda speaks about the
Eye on the Peninsula RPP FM: OzChild CEO Lisa J. Griffiths and Anglicare’s Paul McDonald talk about TFCO foster care
RPP FM’s program Eye on the Peninsula interviewed OzChild CEO Lisa J. Griffiths and Anglicare’s Paul McDonald ahead of launching the Treatment Foster Care Oregon trial, an intensive foster care model. Lisa explained the context of foster care in Australia, Victoria, and the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area. RPP FM: To help us better understand
OzChild in partnership with Anglicare and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency are trialling Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO), an innovative evidence-based model of foster care aiming to keep at-risk kids out of residential care and in a loving, stable home. Read our media release The model is an Australian first and the announcement was
To celebrate Foster Care Week, OzChild foster carer and Pastor Stephen Morris was featured on Leroy Brown’s program on Light 89.9 FM. Stephen has been foster caring with his wife for 10 years and has foster cared for about 30 kids, some for a few days and some for up to 12 months, and have
Paul Quinn is no ordinary father of two: he’s a super dad. Before the Berwick IT manager even had his own children, he had already acted as father to others. Since 1995, the 46-year-old and his wife Glenda have fostered almost 200 children. “We just love kids,” he says as he prepares to celebrate Father’s
CRANBOURNE parents Kris and Rick Foord wanted nothing more than to help vulnerable children when they decided to be foster carers with OzChild. That’s when they met a four-month-old girl so severely ill she as not expected to live past the age of one. Read more at the Cranbourne Leader Watch the Elizabeth Tudor Carer
A LOCAL Indigenous playgroup has marked NAIDOC Week with the unveiling of a special Rainbow Serpent artwork on Friday. The Thookay-ta Keerna-ke Koorie Playgroup and the Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service (DWECHS) have been working with 15 local Aboriginal children and their parents for the past month to create artwork about the Rainbow Serpent,
Lisa J. Griffiths is the CEO of children’s welfare agency OzChild, which works with more than 6,000 children and young people with the aim of providing them a better future. She is this week’s Changemaker. Welsh-born Griffiths has had an international executive career working in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom with 28
When words fail, pictures say a thousand. For these four foster children, their drawings reflect elements of their lives with their foster families. Malcolm and Michelle are OzChild foster carers, and a girl in their care drew a happy memory of the big foster family going on holiday. Click on the image below to enlarge.
Right across Victoria there are children and young people in need of a safe and stable home, and right now more foster carers are needed to provide those homes. Sue and Sheila knew they had the ability to look after more children as well as their biological kids. Click the photo below and the enlarge
Behind the buzz of our big Fostering Connections foster care recruitment campaign is an urgent message: children in out-of-home care do not have homes and they desperately need them. Hosts of The Grapevine on community radio station 3RRR, Kulja and Dylan, spoke to OzChild CEO Lisa J. Griffiths about the impact of the carer shortage on
When Melanie McGrice heard that single people can be foster carers, she signed up with OzChild to provide respite care for young people in need of a stable home environment. She shares her experiences as an OzChild carer with SBS. Read more. Find out how you can become an OzChild foster carer here.
OzChild CEO Lisa J. Griffiths and longtime foster carer Glenda Quinn appeared on ABC 774’s Afternoons program, hosted by famed Australian musician and actor Clare Bowditch. OzChild’s recent collaboration with Fostering Connections has sparked wider discussion on foster care in Victoria. Clare asks the questions that many people have – why become a foster carer?
OzChild foster carers Sue Fitzgerald and Sheila Collins were featured in the Mornington Peninsula Leader Feb 2, 2016, page 14-15. Watch our video with Sue and Sheila.
Children and young people have a right to live a full life, however, circumstances out of their control means that some Australian children find themselves in situations where this cannot happen. When such situations arise, a child’s future and the opportunities available to them may seem bleak. Such scenarios are not fiction, and in the
OzChild Warrnambool offers support to parents and children who are experiencing family conflict due to separation or other issues. Assistant manager Silvia Mikhail said the service aims to improve family functioning and child well-being. “Five of the programs OzChild offers in the western region are funded for the purposes of providing support to families that are
Booran Holden, Dandenong has generously donated two Kia Carnival Minivans to support OzChild’s foster care families. For most families, three children are plenty, but compassionate and loving parents like Malcolm and Michelle have taken on more. As parents to three children and foster parents to another three siblings, Malcolm and Michelle are faced with some
Bangladesh-born Tahseen Qadeer has juggled three jobs after failing to find work in his background occupation months after coming to Gippsland in 2012. With 15 years’ experience in international project development covering the south Asian region, Mr Qadeer had to accept a customer service job at a petrol station in Trafalgar because he had to “start
Moorabbin Kingston Leader: Kids to enjoy Christmas thanks to Cheltenham Primary School students’ toy drive
Giving to those without has become the centre of one school’s Christmas celebrations. Cheltenham East Primary School students have collected more than 200 presents this year for OzChild’s annual toy drive for kids who would otherwise go without. Read more. Find out about how you can fundraise for OzChild.
For about a year, Mt Eliza couple Hailey Gardiner, 23, and Paul Boland, 24, have been caring for two boys who have a disability. The boys, Ryan and Scott, are both teenagers and Ms Gardiner said caring for people close to her own age was a dynamic that worked well. “We see ourselves more as
Pakenham Upper foster carer, Jenny, has opened her home and heart to 20 foster children over 13 years. Find out how to become a foster carer.
When Claire Jennings went looking for some Indigenous books aimed at toddlers to use as part of the Reading Discovery program, she discovered there wasn’t anything to be found, so she set about trying to correct that. After meeting local artist Debbie Austin from the Kikkabush Aboriginal Community, Claire knew her work would be right for
Helen, a single Mum, found she had plenty of love to spare for children in need. “I was scanning the newspaper when I came across an ad. Could you be a foster carer? it read. An organisation, OzChild, was looking for volunteers. I could do that, I thought.” Click on the article below and the