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Thriving Families Change Lives Carer Strategy

OzChild foster and kinship carers are the backbone of our organisation, they play an enormous part in achieving better outcomes for children and young people, they are changing lives.

Working 24/7 to ensure children and young people are given the greatest chance at a brighter future, our carers are often supported themselves by a household of family members who care as much as they do.

In 2019 our In-Home Care team began working on a strategy to improve the caring experience for OzChild carers.

We are more committed than ever to supporting our carers, and every member of the carer household, and in doing so, OzChild’s very first carer strategy; Thriving Families Change Lives will shape the way in which we build a partnership with our carers.

Respect, support, communication and above all, relationship are the foundations of our Thriving Families carer strategy. Through this three-year strategy, we will demonstrate and lead real change in how the community and sector view the role of carers.

We will improve the day-to-day carer experience by embedding carers into our three key pillars:

  1. Organisation Culture;
  2. Program Development; and
  3. Community Building.

It is our belief that thriving families enable everybody to reach their full potential. We can’t do what we do without our carers. And we want to make sure they are not only fully supported but they FEEL supported.

For positive outcomes to be achieved we know carer experience must be improved. We must ensure the long-term wellbeing and happiness of every member of the carer household, and their ability to continue to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable.

Thriving Families will ensure we are able to offer carers greater support, to achieve better outcomes, increase stability and build a community of carers that is rich with knowledge, friendship and support for each other.

Our staff will be guided by this strategy – through the delivery of this carer strategy we have clear focus on how we can ensure the success of our carers and improve the carer journey.

We are committed to working in partnership with our carers, because quite simply, we couldn’t be prouder of the team of carers we have who are part of the OzChild family enabling us to do what we do.

Dr Lisa J. Griffiths, OzChild Chief Executive Officer with OzChild carers Joan Graham and Sue Gibson
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Thriving Families Change Lives

Thriving Families
Change Lives​​

Thriving Families Change Lives​​ is OzChild’s 2020-2023 Carer Strategy.

Respect, support, communication and above all, relationship are the foundations of our Thriving Families carer strategy. With this three-year strategy, we will demonstrate and lead real change in how the community and sector view the role of carers.

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