Family and parenting support

Family pictureAll families are different, and we work with families facing difficulty and offer help when it is most needed. Our focus for families and children is to strengthen the family unit and build capacity in parents to keep their children safe and nurtured.

Whether you are worried about the safety of a child, want your children to return to your care from out-of-home care, UnitingCare Community can support this process, always keeping in mind the wellbeing of the child.

We do this through comfortable, in-home support to families with programs like Family and Child Connect which puts families in touch with the support they need as soon as problems arise, Family Support which provides counselling, mediation, parenting skills and household management strategies to families and Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) which teaches families to nurture, protect and keep children safe and ultimately keep families together.  A previous program for family support, Referral for Active Intervention (RAI), has now ceased and enquiries should be directed to IFSS.

Group programs are also available to families with programs like Parenting Made Easier which aim to generate confidence in parents and families.

Parenting is a continuous learning curve, and we acknowledge this by exploring new parenting styles, understanding the behaviour of children, learning about child development and ways to stimulate development, learning how to manage stress or depression and looking at family life from a holistic point of view.

Programs include

Group programs and workshops

Parenting Orders Program - Post Cooperative Parenting/Ipswich City & Caboolture Shire, Queensland

Helping high conflict divorced, separated or separating parents to maintain parenting arrangements that are safe and in a child’s best interests. The program offers a suite of services: intake assessment, referrals, child focussed educational and skills training and counselling. Clients may be voluntary when referred from a range of family law services, Department of Human Services, Child Support and community organisations; or non-voluntary when ordered to attend by a Court. Clients may also approach the service independently. 

The program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Human Services, Family Support Program and provided through UnitingCare Community Queensland, at their locations in Ipswich and Caboolture; an outreach option is available to Logan Central and Chermside.  

To enquire about or register with the program call: 1300 761 842

Volunteer opportunities - Intensive Family SupportVolunteer with us

Volunteers are part of a support team which provides structured in-home parenting support to assist families to meet the goals of their family case plan. The case plan may include goals targeting, social isolation, parenting skills, role modelling the importance of play, helping to implement routines and positive behaviour role modelling. Families that are supported in this program have undergone significant turmoil and stress, and having a friendly person visit them once a week to help keep them on track and work towards their goals makes a huge difference.

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