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

2010 – 2012 JURIS DOCTOR (LLM) - University Of Technology, Sydney
2003 – 2005 BACHELOR OF BUSINESS, HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM - Macquarie University

Kirsty

Kirsty

Supervisor

I am the mother of 4 children (two teenagers and two young adult university students that all still reside with me) and also a very involved aunt to four primary school children. As an experienced Mother and Aunt, I am usually pretty successful at building rapport with children and making them comfortable with me. My own experiences as a parent, including dealing with various serious health conditions for my children, have made me very empathetic to and aware of the needs of others.

I am very used to dealing with the diverse circumstances of both individuals and families, and undertake to deal with them in a respectful and non-judgmental manner. I believe that as well as being an impartial bystander to both record the visit and ensure the safety of the children, my role as supervisor is to help make the 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 little strained by reduced contact.

Amna

Amna

Supervisor

I would describe myself as a highly sensible individual who is very understanding and sympathetic towards the needs of others. At home, I love to spend time with my little niece and nephew. As a UNSW Social Work student, I have undertaken many family and child-focused courses which aid me in my role as a supervised contact worker.

I respect and appreciate the diversities of all kinds of families. I always consider each family’s unique circumstances with a friendly and non-judgemental attitude. I promise to be a source of support and positivity for everyone I work with.

I believe in allowing children to explore their sense of creativity, imagination, and curiosity, whether it be through art, playtime, or perhaps even homework. I wish to be there to help families create a genuine connection with their little loved ones.

Yan

Yana

Supervisor

I was always passionate about children and that was the main reason why I chose to become a teacher. I am in my second Year in Australian Catholic University and absolutely enjoy studying. I love watching children acquire new knowledge and the process of their thinking or problem solving is priceless. I believe that every child has the unique personality and way of learning, developing or interacting with others.

I am a Mum of 4.5 years old son and this definitely helps me in my work as I can understand what some parents might feel. Being a parent of a young child, gives me an understanding of children’s behavior, feelings and their developmental milestones.

I am a reliable, well organised and unbiased person. I have been working with Children in Focus for over 2 years and enjoy getting to know families and children. I have noticed that children feel comfortable around me that makes me more motivated and passionate in what I do.

When I am at work, I do everything possible for both parents and children to feel relaxed, comfortable, safe and enjoy their visit.

Caity

Caitlin

Supervisor

My name is Caity. I am studying a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and am currently in my third year of studies. Whilst studying full time, I work part-time and am a student mentor for peers at my university. My passion for justice has underpinned many of my 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.

I have an invested interest in the realm of social policy and advocacy. My experience in undertaking a course on domestic violence and child protection has informed my current knowledge within this domain. As a social work student, I endeavour to provide the specific support required by the people I work with, ensuring our collaborations are as beneficial as possible. My experience has led to my commitment to social justice-oriented practise and the prioritisation of the well-being and safety of anyone I work with.

In my role as a Supervised Contact Worker with Children in Focus I help children to feel safe during supervised contact while they are building relationship with the other parent.

I look forward to meeting and working with you and your children!

Annuncia

Annuncia

Supervisor

My name is Cia and I have been working and volunteering in the Community Sector for 4 years. I have worked closely with children from out of home care and providing care for children with disabilities. I am very family orientated and this concept will be demonstrated through my commitment and interaction with children and their families.

My role as a Contact Supervisor with Children in Focus is to ensure the safety of Children reconnecting with loved ones and to encourage and support them during their family time. I am warm natured, empathetic and non-judgemental, the qualities I believe are very much needed in this role.

I look forward to meeting/working with yourself and your children.

Lara

Lara

Supervisor

I would describe myself as a positive person who enjoys cooking and travelling. I have completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree and have experience working in roles that support vulnerable families both in Australia and abroad.

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

I am empathetic, friendly and professional when working with families and am of the view that family time should be an opportunity for parents and children to bond and have quality time together.

Jason

Jason

Supervisor

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

I view my role at Children in Focus as one in which I facilitate family time and want nothing more than to help parents and children reconnect and enjoy their time together. I am non-judgemental and appreciate the diversity of all sorts of families and am willing to work hard to make things work.

I look forward to meeting and working with you and your children!

Yulika

Yulika

Supervisor

I have always been passionate about working with people. I have 9 years of experience as a nurse assistant. I used to work in a hospital as well as an aged care facility and this experience has equipped me with great knowledge about limits, care, being interpersonal and at the same time showing empathy.

I also worked at the same childcare for 7.5 years as an educator and one of my goals was to help kids achieve their full potential and to help them feel happier and better about themselves. I do believe every child is different, and part of what I love about my job is that I get to help each child discover their own strengths and talents and nurture those traits through my educational approach.

During the time I worked in childcare I was always working very closely with the child’s parents and/or guardian taking their inputs to betters create activities that would help the child’s development. I had a great relationship with parents and/or guardians.

Lyla

Lyla

Supervisor

My name is Lyla. I am currently studying Arts & Social Work at the University of Sydney. I would describe myself as a very empathetic and sensible person with a passion for social justice.

I have experience with people from all walks of life and have a special interest in the area of youth justice and child protection. I like to encourage children to be creative and imaginative.

I look forward to meeting and working with you!

Allison

Alison

Supervisor

As a recent graduate, I believe I am a strengths based, trauma informed, community minded social welfare carer with a passion for supporting families with disabilities. I have worked within the Disability Sector since 2006, which has given me skills for assisting and planning for individuals and families with challenging behaviours, mental health issues and supporting them when negotiating change.

I am a mother with two adult children. One has Bipolar Disorder, the other Asperger Disorder.I believe I am non-judgemental when it comes to parents, children and families as every person’s circumstance, journey and story are their own. I believe every person should be respected as an individual so their true personalities may shine.

I believe, as a supervisor, my role is to observe, support and assist parents to connect with their children to re-establish a lifelong bond.