You and your kids are important and have the right to be safe and supported.
Being a young mum or dad can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time.
There are a lot of new things to learn and important decisions to make. Having a support system around you — other young parents, family members and community services — can help you and your kids grow in healthy, positive ways.
Reaching out for support before a problem gets bigger can save young parents lots of worry and stress.
It's ok to ASK for help. ASK is a safe place.
As you care for your kids, you’re not alone. There are a lot of services available to help you, but you might not know where to start. Here are some ideas.
Information for you
The Families Growing Together program offers parents and carers a range of face-to-face workshops and online webinars to suit their parenting needs. We aim to help parents build an understanding of child and adolescent development so that they can lay the strongest possible foundation for their children and young people.
Delivered in a relaxed and informal style, these workshops and webinars offer parents helpful information and a choice of simple, practical strategies based on the latest parenting research and using information from Parenting SA.
Workshops and webinars are all live and free and are designed to be interactive with videos, activities and time for parents to discuss information together in small groups or through the chat function.
Parenting SA provides the community with free quality information on raising children.
Parent easy guides
- Young parents
- Dealing with a crisis
- Single parenting
- Being a parent
- Where do you get your parenting ideas from? (Video 6.25 mins and transcript)
- Optimism - Parent Easy Guide
- Positive approaches to guiding behaviour (2 to 12 years)
- Time in: guiding children's behaviour
- Families that work well
- Growing and learning in the family
- What about parent's rights?
- All Parent Easy Guides
Parenting SA videos
A link to all seminars, videos and recorded events
Raising Children Network provides ad-free parenting videos, articles and apps backed by Australian experts
Free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information to help you and your family grow and thrive together, including:
Services for you
Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) supports all SA families with babies and kids 0 to 5 years. They have a focus on 0 to 3 years and can help with:
- feeding, settling, children’s milestones and development checks
- information and suggestions for parents and caregivers.
CaFHS Parent Helpline gives information and support over the phone to parents and carers of children from birth to five years.
Phone 1300 364 100
CaFHS Early Parenting Groups
Phone 1300 733 606
Early Parenting Groups in your area
Providing individual and group support before, during and after pregnancy and while you’re parenting. MY Health also has nurses, midwives, doctors and counsellors. MY Health is free and confidential for young people aged 12 to 25 years.
Anglicare SA Children and Families Services supports people from before birth to infancy, toddlers, school-age children, teenagers, young adults, and mums and dads to have strong relationships.
Elm Place offers support services to people whose lives have been affected by institutional and out-of-home care.
Post-Care Support Services (PCSS)
Post-Care Support Services (PCSS) is a free, information, advocacy, case management and counselling service to support people who have lived in out-of-home care
These centres offer a range of services bringing together education, health, community development activities and services for families.
Services may include:
- long day care
- occasional care
- programs to support families with children from birth to school age.