Key Assets carer a finalist for Carer of the Year 2019

Key Assets foster carer, Dale Harrison was this week announced a finalist for Carer of the Year at the 2019 Victorian Protecting Children Awards.

Key Assets CEO, Rob Ryan says it was great recognition for the Victorian carer who has faced an extremely tough year.

“This is an amazing achievement given there were hundreds of nominations. Whilst not the winner, Dale is a hero in our eyes,” Mr. Ryan said.

“Dale and his wife Mel became carers in 2017, and in mid-2018, Mel was diagnosed with cancer. Together, they decided to make the children beneficiaries of their estate if anything were to happen to them. A short time later, the children’s biological mother passed away and Dale supported them to attend the funeral.”

“In November 2018, Mel sadly passed away. Dale re-affirmed his determination to continue to care for the two young people and he has recently supported another placement and re-unification with strong family connections.”

“Dale’s dedication to the young people has been unwavering, despite some of the most challenging and difficult circumstance in his life.

“It is well deserved recognition,” Mr. Ryan said.

The awards recognise staff working across all areas of the child protection and family support service programs in Victoria by acknowledging the varied work, commitment and dedication to service excellence and leadership at the highest standard, as well as recognising innovative education initiatives and contributions to policy and practice.

The awards also acknowledge the valuable contribution of individuals and the broader community who play their part to achieve the protection and wellbeing of children and young people, and their families.

Collectively, we all have a responsibility in raising community awareness to help promote, protect, prevent and reduce harm to children and young people, and their families in our community.

The Awards bring together workers across the vast and varied spectrum of child protection and family services.