The Foster Care Association of Victoria (FCAV) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to strengthen foster families and enhance the well being of children in their care. Ongoing under-resourcing and neglect has left the Victorian foster care system in danger of collapse, with urgent reforms needed to deliver sustainable care options for children in the future.
To raise awareness of the importance of reform, FCAV and a coalition of foster care agencies have launched a campaign to save foster care. As part of this advocacy campaign, FCAV are running a Pozible crowdfunding campaign, which ends on Friday 28 November, to gain greater recognition and funding support to better support Victorian carers. If successful, the project will help FCAV update their website, add and staff a ‘live chat’ function for 2 years and develop two advocacy communiques to carers.
Meet Krysia Rozanska
Melbourne foster carer Krysia Rozanska is the face behind the campaign. After seeing a close family friend’s involvement in foster care for more than 15 years, Krysia decided to get involved. She moved from the UK to Melbourne with her partner into a lovely, kid-friendly home and got in contact with the Foster Care Association of Victoria for advice and support.
Krysia has since been involved with the Foster Care Association of Victoria for more than two years, initially joining the marketing department and now sitting on the organisation’s board. Having always been interested in crowdfunding, Krysia got in touch with Pozible and launched the Save Foster Care campaign.
“It is becoming harder to be a foster carer. Day to day challenges are expected, but the Victorian system is not offering carers the support they need,” said Ms Rozanska.
“There are too many kids and not enough carers – children in our community deserve better.”