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.
Important information regarding the Coronavirus
What an incredibly challenging time we are all experiencing in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic. At OzChild our carers, children, young people and their family members along with the safety and well-being of our staff is our number one priority.
On Sunday 22 March Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced strict Stage One measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus. These measures will take effect from 12 noon Monday 23 March. View more information HERE.
We are focused on ensuring the sustainability of our workforce and delivery of services to support our clients. We are working hard to maintain our services while keeping everyone safe during these uncertain times.
OzChild has reviewed its practices to ensure the safety of all carers, children, young people, clients and staff, and to reduce risks, OzChild staff are following strict protocols around our practices and the way in which we work. Individual situations are being assessed daily and staff are taking all necessary precautions to keep themselves, children, young people and families safe.
We understand the unfolding and serious nature of this virus is causing significant concern in the community and want all members of the OzChild family to know we are doing everything we can to ensure our carers, children, young people and their family members are well supported during this time.
For reliable and up to date information we recommend checking the Australian Government Department of Health website.
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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