ASK

Adults Supporting Kids

Do you have a baby on the way?

You and your baby have the right to be safe and supported during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time of massive change, especially for mums, and you probably have lots of questions. ASK is a safe place where you can get answers.

To give your baby a healthy start, it’s important to look after yourself physically, mentally and emotionally, by:

  • eating healthy food
  • avoiding alcohol and smoking
  • going to your pregnancy appointments and check-ups
  • having someone to talk to.

Sometimes difficult situations can make it harder to stay healthy when you’re pregnant — feeling alone, using drugs and alcohol, fighting with your partner or family, or being homeless.

You are not alone and support is available to help you make positive changes for you and your baby.

It’s ok to ASK for help. ASK is a safe place.

Whether you’re a first-time mum, or dad, a co-parent, caregiver, or you’re welcoming another child into your family, people and services are ready to support you.

Information for you

COPE aims to help you:

  • reduce any emotional and mental health problems before your baby’s birth
  • understand and nurture your emotional wellbeing and mental health after baby arrives
  • address the emotional challenges of becoming a parent.

Phone 1300 740 398

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

Parenting SA provides the community with free quality information on raising children.

Parenting Easy Guides

Parent Easy Guides on a wide range of parenting topics from birth to 18 years including some specially designed for Aboriginal and migrant families.

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:

Information about your choices, what happens during pregnancy and childbirth, and who to contact if you want support.

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.

Centacare Pregnancy Support

Phone 8215 6700 (9.00 am to 9.00 pm)

The following services all accept self-referral:

Coolock House (Morphett Vale)
For young women up to 25 years, from southern suburbs and wider metropolitan Adelaide.
Phone 8412 9560
Email coolock@centacare.org.au.

Hannah Place (Pooraka)
For young women up to 18 years.
Phone 8303 6670
Email hannahplace@centacare.org.au.

Louise Place (Fullarton)
Supported accommodation for young women 18 years and under (or 25 years and under if you are in your own place).
Phone 8412 9530
Email louiseplace@centacare.org.au.

Malvern Place (Northern Suburbs)
For young women up 25 years and at risk of homelessness. Northern suburbs and wider metropolitan Adelaide.
Phone 8359 1022
Email malvern@centacare.org.au.

Dad Business
Inclusive activities for dads with children aged 0 to 12 years in the Playford area. Where: Shop 7a Elizabeth Rise Shopping Centre, 26 Hamblyn Road, Elizabeth Downs.
Phone 8252 2311.

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.

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

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

Someone to talk to

The Pregnancy SA Infoline provides a single point of contact for booking your first antenatal (before birth) appointment in metropolitan public hospitals.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Not open public holidays.

Phone 1300 368 820

Beyond Blue gives access to information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety-related matters (not a counselling service). Cost of a local call.

Phone 1300 22 4636 (24-hour service)

Email Beyond Blue

Online Chat Service

Online Forums for sharing your experiences and tips for staying well

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby supports parents, caregivers and co-parents on the journey from pregnancy to preschool. You can chat with a maternal child health nurse for suggestions and guidance with pregnancy, birth, being a parent and raising a child.

Emotional support after miscarriage

Phone 1800 882 436 (7:30 am to 12:30 midnight)

Search for help and support near you

Back to top