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Adults Supporting Kids

Are you a young person looking for support with your kids?

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 Parenting and Family Support 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 and Family Support Program

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:

Headspace has information and support about your mental health and wellbeing.

Young, Pregnant and Parenting Network supports pregnant and parenting young people from diverse communities and backgrounds to access quality services.

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

Early Parenting Groups are available in your local 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.

Angle Park office, phone 8243 5637
Christies Beach office, phone 8326 6053
Elizabeth office, phone 8255 3477
Talking Realities Young Parenting Program, phone 8243 5637

Metropolitan Youth Health and the Talking Realities Program

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.

Centacare Catholic Family Services offers parenting support and accommodation at a number of locations, including on-site learning programs where residents can complete their high school education.

Phone 8359 1022

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

Phone 1800 188 118
Email elmplace@rasa.org.au

These centres offer a range of services bringing together education, health, community development activities and services for families.

Services may include:

  • preschools
  • long day care
  • occasional care
  • playgroup
  • programs to support families with children from birth to school age.

SA Children’s Centres

Young, Pregnant and Parenting Network supports pregnant and parenting young people from diverse communities and backgrounds to access quality services.

Someone to talk to

Parent Helpline South Australia is for parents of children 0 to 5 living in South Australia.

Phone 1300 364 100 (24-hour service)

Mensline provides telephone, online and video chat and support from professional staff. Website forums with specific spaces for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Vietnamese and Arabic men
  • rural men
  • partners/children.

Phone 1300 78 99 78 (24-hour service)

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