This Foster Care Week we join in the call for carers to be supported with the basics such as birth certificates and Medicare cards, to be unburdened by the financial pressure to pay for health and education expenses that aren’t covered by the care allowance.
2019 JC Butler Award Winner – Victoria Lolika
An unwavering commitment to the four siblings in her care has seen Victoria Lolika awarded OzChild’s JC Butler Award for 2019.
An active member of the Sudanese community, Victoria took on the siblings – aged eight to 18 years – five years ago.
A compassionate and selfless carer, Victoria has dedicated her time to raising the siblings and has helped them deal with significant trauma.
“Victoria is a very compassionate and humble carer,” says OzChild Kinship Case Manager, Paris Dalmau.
“She gives her time not only to the siblings, but also to her Sudanese community and in her job; working in aged care. She’s very caring and very loving and gives them a safe and stable home to live in”.
Victoria treats all four siblings as if they were her own and is committed to caring for them well beyond their 18th birthdays.
The JC Butler Award is awarded in honour of Mr JC Butler, one of the founders of OzChild who worked tirelessly to preserve families in times of hardship.
This award recognises a kinship carer who makes sure through their personal effort that kith and kin can be cared for by those closest to them.
We congratulate Victoria on her award.
In Victoria, the growth in OOHC is the fastest in the nation – a grim reality for the state which has endured the harshest and longest lockdowns. With more than 45,000 children already in OOHC across Australia, an additional 4,500 children are estimated to enter OOHC because of the pandemic – put simply, we do not have enough carers.
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