On Tuesday 4 August across the nation we celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.
International Women’s Day – Celebrating a tireless advocate for foster carers
A wonderful role model for women and young girls Andrea Elliot is a tireless advocate for foster carers whose dedication to caring for children and young people has seen her recognised with a number of awards including OzChild’s prestigious Elizabeth Tudor Award in 2019.
A foster carer for 11 years, Andrea has shown unwavering commitment and dedication to the children and young people who have come into her care.
Andrea has been a fine ambassador for foster care, working tirelessly to raise the profile of foster carers as well as supporting other carers.
“Andrea is an amazing ambassador for carers generally and I know she does so much work promoting foster care and also supports the plight of kinship carers,” says Sharon McCrae, OzChild’s Senior Manager, Recruitment and Retention.
Andrea has also become an accredited carer in our specialised foster care program, Treatment Foster Care Oregon as well as being actively involved in organising foster family camps.
“Andrea is incredibly humble when talking about the important role she plays in the lives of children and young people and is just one of the many incredible women who make up OzChild’s village of carers. All of these women are worth celebrating, today and every day,” Sharon says.
The Elizabeth Tudor Award is awarded in honour of Elizabeth Tudor, who dedicated her life to community work – especially helping vulnerable women and children, and who was a Life Member of OzChild – another woman whose achievements we acknowledge and celebrate today.
Elizabeth and Andrea selflessly share our vision, giving children and young people the chance to shine.
Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO), a specialised foster care program has been ‘breaking the cycle’ for children in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland who, through no fault of their own, have ended up in residential care or alternative accommodation.
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