Today’s report released by Social Ventures Australia (SVA) makes a strong economic case for long-term investment in targeted early intervention and intensive family preservation to prevent children entering out-of-home care (OOHC) in Victoria.
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 during 2018-19, 34 children aged 10-13 years were in detention and all were unsentenced. While the number of children is low, the costs of incarceration to these children, their families, their communities and society are high.
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