Innovation is in ten20’s DNA

GordonCare with a 125 year history of serving Australia’s most vulnerable children and young people initiated the ten20 Foundation.

From the beginning GordonCare was recognised as playing a leading role in the early days of the Australian child protection system. GordonCare was one of the first to establish a home for neglected and abused Victorian boys. It was instrumental in the establishment of Victoria’s Children’s Court in 1907 and one of the first providers to focus services on reunification and strengthening of family connections in the 1980s and 90s.

In 2008, the GordonCare management and Board reflected on the alarming state of vulnerability of Australia’s children and young people. With 1 in 6 children living in poverty1 and 1 in 4 for those in single parent families, it was clear that existing responses were not adequately addressing the root causes of this problem. In response, the Board decided to cease service delivery and shift its focus to prevention. $8 million of assets were liquidated to fund investment in this current generation of Australian children.

And so, the ten20 Foundation was born, continuing GordonCare’s legacy of transforming lives for our most vulnerable children and young people.