Our Team

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Children in Focus is an organisation specialising in providing safe and easy supervised visitations or transition for parents who are separated, going through high conflict divorce proceedings or have not seen their children for a long time.

Our supervisors are caring, compassionate, highly trained professionals who share our mission for keeping your children safe during the visit.

Our supervisors come from various backgrounds of working with children of all ages and needs. All our staff has Working With Children Check and Police clearance.

Our supervisors are skilled in handling confrontation and difficult situations calmly and professionally. Supervisors are experienced in report writing and able to give evidence in a court of law if required.

Team Children in Focus

 

Meet our team

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Olia

Founder

Olia is the founder and the Managing Director of Children in Focus. Originally from Russia, she came to Australia at the age of 19 to study English and Business Management at Macquarie University.

Her passion for justice lead her to complete Law Degree at UTS in 2013. Olia was admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW. She has established her own law practice and represented clients in Family Law, Children’s Law and Criminal Law jurisdictions. Olia gained significant experience in Domestic Violence, Assault matters, range of family law and children’s law issues.

Olia founded Children in Focus in 2015, as she wanted to help children to stay safe during the supervised visits and for supervised parents to have an opportunity to see or reconnect with their children.

Olia is determined to help families who require supervision services and deliver high quality and caring service. Her approach is to treat each person with respect and understanding. Her experience in dealing with people in high conflict situations gives her a better insight on how to support children and parents going through a family breakdown.

She balances her time between managing Children in Focus, appearing for clients in various courts in NSW as well as doing occasional supervision work and being a mother to a teenager.

She has a charismatic, warm and welcoming personality and children adore her and parents feel comfortable in her presence.

In her free time she enjoys horse riding, snowboarding, weekly sailing races in Sydney Harbour and walks along the beach with the family.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Juris Doctor (LLM) - University Of Technology, Sydney, 2009 – 2012

Bachelor of Business, Hospitality and Tourism, Macquarie University, 2003 – 2005

Continues training in child development, psychology, domestic violence and child abuse.

Current Police Clearance and Working With Children Check

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Kirsty

Supervisor

Kirsty is our senior supervisor, editor and client's coordinator. She is the mother of 4 children - two teenagers and two university students and a very involved aunt to four primary school children. As an experienced Mother and Aunt, she is very good at building rapport with children and parents, making them feel comfortable in her presence. Her own experiences as a parent, including dealing with various serious health conditions for her children, have made her very empathetic to and aware of the needs of others.

She has experience in dealing with the diverse circumstances of both individuals and families and undertakes to deal with them in a respectful and non-judgmental manner. She believes that as well as being an impartial bystander to both record the visit and ensure the safety of the children, her role as supervisor is to help make the supervised visit as relaxed as possible so that the visiting parent has the opportunity to rebuild their connection to their children, which can sometimes be a strained by reduced contact due to divorce proceedings.

 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Diploma of Mental Health, 2020

Diploma of Youthwork, 2019

Certificate IV in Community Services, 2018

Diploma of Law, 1994

Continues training in child development, mental health, domestic violence and child abuse.

Current Police Clearance and Working With Children Check

 

Amna

Amna

Supervisor

Amna is our well-regarged supervisor. She is a sensible individual who is very understanding and sympathetic towards the needs of others.  She is currently undertaking a degree of Social Work at UNSW. Amna also completed several family and child-focused courses which aid her in her role as a supervised contact worker. Aman spends a lot of time with my little niece and nephew.

Amna respects and appreciates the diversity of all kinds of families. She always considers each family’s unique circumstances with a friendly and non-judgemental attitude. She is a great source of support and positivity for everyone she works with.

The children adore her and feel comfortable in her presence. She believes in allowing children to explore their sense of creativity, imagination, and curiosity, whether it be through art, playtime, or perhaps even homework. Amna is here to help families create a genuine connection with their children.

 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Arts and Social Work (Honours), UNSW 2016 - present

Current Police and Working With Children Check

Yan

Yana

Supervisor

Yana is very passionate about children, their development and learning Her dream is to become a primary teacher.  She is currently studying Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at Australian Catholic University. She enjoys helping children acquire new skills and knowledge. Yana understands the stages of children's development and appreciates that every child has a unique personality and way of learning, developing or interacting with others.

Being a mum to a 4.5 years old son, Yana has a deeper understanding of children’s behavior, feelings, emotions and developmental milestones. Yana also understands the parents' perspective and can offer great suggestions to ease the conflict.

Yana worked with Children in Focus for over 2 years and enjoy getting to know families and children. Children and parents feel comfortable around her and she is very passionate about supervised contact role. When she is at work she does everything possible for both parents to feel relaxed, comfortable, safe and enjoy the contact visit.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS 

Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education, Australian Catholic University, 2019 - present

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, TAFE, 2014-2015

Certificate III in Children Services, TAFE, 2014

Bachelor of Jornalism, 2006-2011

Current Police and Working With Children Check

 

 

Caity

Caity

Supervisor

Caity is studying a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and am currently in her third year of studies. Whilst studying full-time, she works part-time. Catly is a student mentor for peers at her university. Her passion for justice has underpinned many of her leadership roles; having been elected a member of the Student Council at Sydney University as well as having volunteered in women’s and children’s centres overseas.

She is interested in social policy and advocacy. Thought work and further studies Catie is experienced in child protection matters and domestic violence. She strives to provide the specific support required by the people she works with, ensuring her collaborations are as beneficial as possible. Her experience has led to her commitment to social justice-oriented practice and the prioritisation of the well-being and safety of anyone she works with.

In her role as a Supervised Contact Worker with Children in Focus she helps children to feel safe during supervised contact while they are building relationships or re-connecting with the supervised parent.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS 

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), Sydney University, 2017-present

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Cia

Supervisor

Cia has extensive experience working and volunteering in the Community Sector for 4 years. She worked closely with children from out of home care and provided care for children with disabilities. She enjoys working with families and showed her commitment by providing support to children and their families.

As a Contact Supervisor with Children in Focus her priority is to ensure the safety of children reconnecting with loved ones and to encourage and support them during their family time. Cia is warm natured, empathetic and non-judgemental.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Social Work, Western Sydney University, completed in 2018

Current Police and Working with Children Check

Lara

Lara

Supervisor

Lara have completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree and have extensive experience working in roles that support vulnerable families both in Australia and abroad.

She believes that all children should be supported to have positive and safe interactions with their families.

Lara is empathetic, friendly and professional when working with families and she believes that family time should be an opportunity for parents and children to bond and have quality time together.

Families and children feel relax and comfortable in her presence.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Social Work

Current and Clear Working with Children Check and Police Check

Jason

Jason

Supervisor

Jason is a law and social science student specialising in child and community welfare. Jason has a great deal of experience with children of all ages. He is the eldest of four children in the family with young cousins and have also worked as a children’s swimming instructor. Child safety and welfare has been a huge part of both his personal and professional life.

Jason views his role as Contact Supervisor at Children in Focus as one in which he facilitates family time and strives to help parents and children reconnect and enjoy their time together. He is non-judgemental and appreciates the diversity of all sorts of families and willing to work hard to make things work.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Social Science (Children and Comunity), Western Sydney University, 2018- present

Current and Clear Working with Children Check and Police Check

 

Yulika

Yulika

Supervisor

Yulika is passionate about working with people. She has 9 years of experience as a nurse assistant. Yulika gained her experience working in an aged care facility, such working background equipped her with great knowledge about limits, care, being interpersonal and at the same time showing empathy.

She worked at the same childcare for 7.5 years as an educator and one of her goals were to help children achieve their full potential and to help them feel happier and better about themselves. Yulika knows every child is different, she helps each child discover their own strengths and talents and nurture those traits through her loving and caring approach.

 As an experienced contact supervisor Yulika works closely with the child and their parents and/or guardian, she takes time to understand their individual needs and offers guidance and support to those who is struggling. She has a great relationship with children and their families.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Diploma Nurse Assistant

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, 2014-2015

Diploma in Community Services

 

Lyla

Lyla

Supervisor

Lyla is currently studying Arts & Social Work at the University of Sydney. She is a very empathetic and sensible person with a passion for social justice.

She has experience with people from all walks of life and has a special interest in the area of youth justice and child protection. She encourages children to be creative and imaginative.

She contributes greatly to her role at Children in Focus by being a reliable, caring, nurturing and supportive person. Parents and children feel comfortable in her company.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Arts and Social Work, University of Sydney, 2020-present