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.
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.
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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