8 June 2018
A night for carers both old and new, the annual OzChild Carer dinner was a chance to mingle, catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and to share and trade stories of the children in their care.
Over 200 carers and staff from our foster and kinship programs along with invited friends from Southern VACCA (Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency) came together for the evening which gave OzChild the chance to pay tribute to all of the wonderful carers for the love, support and commitment they give to the children in their care.
What was most evident on the night was the strong sense of community. The sense that each and every carer belongs to a truly remarkable and unique community; a collection of people from all walks of life who are brought together by their single purpose of helping children in need.
OzChild Chief Executive Officer Lisa Griffiths thanked carers for their tireless work and dedication, we heard all about the highs and lows of raising teenagers in the twenty first century from OzChild board member Dr Angela Williams, and witnessed a heart-warming speech by carer Stephan Munyard in dedication to his late wife Jennifer.
The night also saw the Elizabeth Tudor Award presented to carers Jennie and Neale Adams for their dedication to foster care and advocacy for change in the foster care system.
Kinship carer Amanda Cormick, who cares for nine children, was presented with the J C Butler Award for her hard work and dedication.
The evening concluded with two raffle draws (of 40 prizes), a toy giveaway and some fun photo opportunities for carers and staff alike.