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.
Mother’s Day makeover for OzChild carer Helen Fox
On Saturday 4 May, one very special foster carer received a well-deserved early Mother’s Day home makeover.
Helen Fox has been a foster carer with OzChild since 1987, and over that time has cared for dozens of children and young people.
Helen’s home, which has provided a safe and loving place for so many children over the years received the makeover thanks to the generosity of the crew at Laser Electrical as well as a host of other trades and suppliers.
Helen’s home was transformed with the installation of a brand new 4kw solar system, new A/C units, a revamped front garden and bbq area and a fresh coat of paint for the fence and kitchen, to name but a few.
This is the second year in a row that Laser Electrical have completed a home makeover for an OzChild foster carer. For the Laser Electrical team, it is a chance to give back to the local community and help out those who do so much to care for our most vulnerable.
“Helen’s selfless commitment blows me away,” says Laser Electrical’s David Gibson. “We need people like Helen otherwise who’s going to look after these kids? Being able to make a difference in her life through a home makeover is our way of saying thanks, for everything she has done, I hope it makes a difference not only to her but for the children in her care too, for many years to come.”
Although Helen’s foster care journey began more than 30 years ago, she still gets the same satisfaction and sense of joy as she did when she first starting caring for vulnerable kids.
“I’m still at it 32 years later. And I love it,” Helen says. “I still get butterflies when I get a call and think, ‘Oh maybe it’s OzChild!’ That never goes away.”
OzChild would like to thank Laser Electrical Carrum Downs for their continued support along with the terrific tradies, suppliers and companies who generously donated their time, labour and materials to make the day such a success, making an enormous difference to the lives of Helen and the children in her care.
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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