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Susan Barton AM

I am blessed to have the opportunity to listen to and share young people's stories and witness their courage and hope.

Honour Roll

Susan Barton is the Founder and Director of the Lighthouse Foundation for Homeless Youth.

Based on her experience fostering children, she established the Lighthouse Foundation and created the Therapeutic Family Model of Care, combining residential care in a family-style support program.

The Lighthouse Foundation is a leader in youth homelessness responses and has supported over 600 previously disengaged young people to become independent community members.

She is a founding member of the Australian Council for Children and Youth Organisation, Founders Inc and Collaborative Support Services. Currently she is Director of MECWA Care (Aged Care).

Susan has also co-authored two books: Build your teenager's self esteem and Therapeutic residential care for children and young people: an attachment and trauma informed model for practice.

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the youth of Australia, Susan has won many awards including the 1998 Australian Humanitarian Award, the 2009 Melbournian of the Year, the 2011 SACS Not for Profit Leadership Award and the 2011 Brainlink Women of Achievement Award.

Susan received the Centenary Medal in 2001, and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, in 2002 for service to youth.