Child & Adoption Advocacy
 

Lisa Dibb, Stephen’s wife, has been involved in volunteer work for the past 15 years in the area of adoption support & child advocacy.  This has been made possible through flexible hours and the financial support of Stephen Dibb Jewellery as well as the personal support of Stephen Dibb himself who also invests time and energy into all of Lisa’s projects.

 

Qld Children in Foster Care

Currently there are over 10,000 children in the Qld foster care system and they can have up to 35 placements.  In 2013, Lisa Dibb and friends formed the Queensland Alliance for Kids due to their deep concerns about current child protection practices and policies that fail to provide permanency for foster care children.  They have started to change the lives of these vulnerable children, for example, proposed amendments to the Child Safety Act & there was an 18.6% increase in permanency placements for foster care children in 2015.

 

QAK - Queensland Alliance for Kids

QAK, the Queensland Alliance for Kids, is called an alliance as we recognise all the people concerned about this tragedy (government, organisations and individuals) and we actively work towards improving our interaction to benefit children.  For example, we worked closely with five other organisations to produce our legislation review submissions on both the Queensland Child Protection Act and Queensland Adoption Act.  QAK was formed to work at state level as child protection is state-based. We also consult with and has supportive relationships with organisations advocating at the national level.
See for more at http://qak.org.au/ and https://web.facebook.com/Queensland-Alliance-for-Kids-761167800609001/
Lisa has pledged to give QAK 10 years of her life because real change take times and these children are our future.

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Ethiopian Cultural & Adoption Connections

kidsWithout access to culture it is much harder for inter-country adopted children to form their blended identities.  For example, cooking, dancing and hair lessons are fun, informative and promote a sense of belonging.

The connections adoptive families gain through their support groups assists them in their life-long journey of adoption.  For example, each January our community hosts an adoption camp for over 35 families.

 

Lisa Dibb has been involved in and continues to be involved in:

  • President of the International Adoptive Families of Qld (IAFQ) www.iafq.org.au for 2 years and in this role and her achievements include strengthening post adoption services by using existing resources, providing input on adoption parental education, adoption and child safety legislation and reducing red tape, for example, 10 of Lisa’s 16 recommendations were implemented by the Qld Department of Child Safety & speaking regularly to community groups and prospective adoptive families on adoption and child safety
  • Co-ordinating with Deborra-Lee Furness’s organisation, Adopt Change

She has:

  • Co-written a book designed to help Australians adopting from Ethiopia which has fundraised over $50,000 for Ethiopian charity
  • Produced two Ethiopian language CDs (Amharic). All profits going to Ethiopian charity

Her on-going commitment to the culturalisation of Ethiopian adoptees so they can develop healthy bended identities includes:

  • started over 14 years ago and still runs an Ethiopian dance group for adopted children.  Her daughter Tarik is now the teacher
  • Manager of Ethiopia Bahil Dance Group 2013-2017 and as a part of this role she and Stephen took 7 young performers to the Woodford Folk Festival in 2014 and again in 2016
  • adoption support group’ liaisons with the local Ethiopian community
  • created many opportunities for Ethiopian adoptees to access their culture including hair-styling days, cooking days, dance classes and celebrations with the local Ethiopian community for the past 15 years.

 

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