Friday, 23 August 2013

Isossy Children meets Lorrie Brook, the founder of Our Children Australia

Isossy Children understands the importance of family dynamics and how changes in those dynamics can have an impact on children. In this profile we meet Lorrie Brook, the founder of Our Children Australia who offers a crucial service to families who are going through divorce.
Lorrie Brook
What inspired you to start your business?
I started my career as a Family Lawyer, doing my best to help as many children as possible.  What I learnt through this was that by the time parents came to see me a lot of damage had already been done. Children were already embroiled in disputes and were the ‘messenger’ and pawn in their parent’s conflict.  To me this wasn’t good enough, these children deserved so much more and so I set out to try and come up with a solution.  From this came Our Children Australia.  

What have been your favourite client experiences?
I love seeing parents’ focus on their children and what is in their best interests; it is magical when they can do this from an objective and unemotional viewpoint. I have had parents who have been able to put their needs and desires to the side and have come up with arrangements whereby they are the people who move each time, leaving the children to stay in the family home and they come and go as agreed.
I love receiving feedback from parents who use letting me know that their relationship with the other parent has improved because of the site.  

What advice would you give to someone starting up in your industry?
Marketing is the key - Know what you want and don’t be afraid to go and get it.

What are your long term goals?
I would love to see expand to provide more services  (e.g. mediation and collaborative law practices, family and individual counselling etc) to parents and children to help them resolve disputes amicably, quickly and with the least impact and involvement of the children.

Isossy Children celebrates diversity through global clothing for children. Why do you think diversity matters for every generation?
Every child of every generation is different.  Each child has the right to know this and be comfortable with the fact that their circumstances will be different to that of their friends.  This however, does not mean that they are any better or worse off than their friend just that what is normal for them may not be normal for their friend.  Awareness of peoples differences if what makes us unique; and the ability o accept and work with these differences is what will make us a stronger community.

What words of wisdom do you think every child should grow up knowing?
Everything you do is based on the choice you make.  It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument or your age that is to blame.  You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make, period.  (Elements of life)

Contact Details

Name: Lorrie Brook
Phone: +61 7 3491 3587
Address: Our Children Australia PO Box 1103, North Lakes QLD, Australia 4509


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