Foster Care: Let's make it better - A panel discussion

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The Brian Grogan Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University Mildura Campus

471 Benetook Avenue

Mildura, VIC 3500

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This event is a must for anyone who is committed to the care of young people in our community.

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Children in the Out of Home Care system are one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in our community. Research shows that the long term outcomes for young people who have been involved in the foster care system are concerning, with considerable broader social and economic impacts.

Currently there are more than 47, 0000 children in our foster care system in Australia; in most states of Australia, foster care ceases once a young person turns 18; every year around 3,000 young people leave state care across Australia.

Join Mallee Family Care as it facilitates a discussion about foster care, how it is now, and how we can make it better for the children who are depending on us for a better future.

Registrations from 11:00 am, panel discussion from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

A light lunch will be provided after the event.

Who should attend:

  • Foster Care Service Providers
  • Residential Care Service Providers
  • Government Organisations responsible for children in out of home care and youth justice.
  • The Education Sector
  • Foster Carers
  • Students enrolled in Higher Education aiming to complete a qualification to work within the social services sector.

This event will be facilitated by the Chief Executive Officer of Mallee Family Care, Teresa Jayet.

About the panel:

Liana Buchanan is the Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People and a part-time Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission. Liana commenced as Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People in April 2016. In this role, she is responsible for regulating organisations that work with children, oversighting services for vulnerable children and young people, and promoting the rights, interests and wellbeing of children and young people in Victoria. Liana has held a range of roles focused on oversight and system reform for people experiencing disadvantage and those affected by family and sexual violence. These roles include Director, Office of Correctional Services Review, Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres and roles in the Equal Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice and Women’s Legal Service (S.A).

Dr Andrew Harvey is the Associate Professor of Higher Education and the Director of the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research at La Trobe University. Andrew has published widely in areas of higher education policy, including issues of access, retention, regionality, comparative international admissions frameworks, employability, campus climate, diversity, and the experience of foster care students. In 2017 he led a national report on Recruiting and supporting care leavers in Australian higher education funded by the Department of Education and Training. Andrew also co-edited a scholarly book on student equity, Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five years of A Fair Chance for All (Springer, 2016).

Eleni Hale is an author and journalist based in Melbourne. Her debut novel, inspired by real life events, won the Readings Book Prize among other accolades and tells the story of one girl’s journey through institutional care.

Carla Piscitelli is a primary school teacher at Merbein P-10 College. She grew up in and out of foster homes and she is a strong advocate for foster care and the impact it can have on a disadvantaged child. Carla was the recipient of the Young Carer of the Year Award in 2018 at the Mildura Rural City Council Youth Awards, in recognition of the parental responsibility she has taken on for her two younger siblings.

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The Brian Grogan Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University Mildura Campus

471 Benetook Avenue

Mildura, VIC 3500

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