SPECIAL community services for children and families will continue in Portland, Heywood and throughout western Victoria, but with a new organisation handling all arrangements.
OzChild will replace controversy-plagued Community Connections Victoria at the end of this month. Victoria’s longest-serving independent not-for-profit children’s welfare agency, OzChild promised to maintain a Portland presence and continue continuity of service and client relationships by offering positions to existing staff.
“We bring extensive expertise in caring for children and families to the region, having provided children’s services in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for more than 160 years,” OzChild CEO Tony Pitman said.
“Where the need exists, we plan to bring our existing expertise to the region to offer a range of new services. Our commitment to Western Victoria is high and has a significant alignment with OzChild’s constitutional purpose, which includes providing support to children and youth living in rural Australia.”
CCV provided family relationship and emergency relief services in Portland, Heywood, Camperdown and its home base of Warrnambool. In Portland, the agency offered indigenous parenting support services.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.