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ASK

Adults Supporting Kids

Do you identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander?

Kids and young people have the right to grow up safe, secure, and healthy.

ASK acknowledges the strength of cultural parenting practices and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of raising children and young people to be strong, resilient, and happy.

The strengths of culture lies in children, families and communities working together. All children and young people have the right to grow up being safe, secure, and healthy. Looking after children can be tough and sometimes life stops us from doing the best we can. Pain from the past, money problems, drugs and alcohol, feeling unsafe or isolated can put a lot of pressure on parents, caregivers and their families.

Extra support is available to help your family stay safe during the hard times. ASK can help you find support services and people to yarn to or walk alongside you.

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

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

Aboriginal Hostels

Aboriginal Hostels Limited operates 47 hostels Australia-wide to provide accommodation for Indigenous people who need to be away from home for a range of reasons.

Homelessness Directory

If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness, there are services in your region to help you (24 hours, 7 days).

Homelessness service provider directory

Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council SA

Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council of SA has online information about drug and alcohol education and rehabilitation programs.

Well Mob (Beyond Blue)

Well Mob (Beyond Blue) has social, emotional and cultural wellbeing online resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Services for you

Watto Puruna (SA Health)

Watto Puruna is a free comprehensive program of culturally sensitive health services across Adelaide’s northern and central regions.

  • Muna Paiendi, - Corner of Mark Road and Oldham Road, Elizabeth Vale, SA 5112
  • Phone 8182 9206
  • Kanggawodli - 16-22 Clements Street, Dudley Park, SA 5008
  • Phone 8342 2250
  • Maringga Turtpandi - C/o Gilles Plains GP Plus Super Clinic, 1 Gilles Crescent, Hillcrest, SA 5086
  • Phone 7425 8900
  • Wonggangga Turtpandi - 11 Church Street, Port Adelaide, SA 5015
  • Phone 8240 9611

Nukuwarrin Yunti

Nukuwarrin Yunti delivers a range of contemporary culturally based health and social and emotional wellbeing services to build a healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Provides practical support for people who are experiencing challenges with housing, child care, managing bills or money or other matters.

Phone 8406 1600

Child and Family Health Service – Aboriginal Cultural Child and Family Support Consultants

The Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) has Aboriginal Cultural Child and Family Support Consultants (ACCFSCs). Their job is to support parents of Aboriginal-identified infants and Aboriginal-identified infants.

They can help you with:

  • accessing CaFHS services and engaging with CaFHS staff
  • home visits or clinic visits (or both)
  • parent education
  • child development
  • linking you to other supports.

Aboriginal Cultural Child and Family Support Consultants also guide non-Aboriginal CaFHS staff in providing culturally sensitive services to Aboriginal infants, children and families.

Phone 1300 733 606 and ask CaFHS to have an Aboriginal staff member phone you back.

Aboriginal Family Clinic

Walk-in health centre. Clients are seen and assessed by culturally appropriate qualified health worker teams.

Alexander Kelly Drive, Noarlunga Centre

Hours: Mondays 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and Tuesday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Phone 8384 9577

Aboriginal Family Clinic - Minunthi Tapa Inparrititya

Walk-in health centre. Clients are seen and assessed by culturally appropriate qualified health worker teams.

13 Wingfield St, Clovelly Park.

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Child Health Clinic, Tuesdays 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Phone the clinic 8179 5900

Phone administration 8179 5942

Aṉangu Ngangkaṟi Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC)

Aṉangu Ngangkaṟi Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC)

Aboriginal Traditional Healing centre

Phone 8355 0135

Aboriginal Justice Officers

Aboriginal Justice Officers give information and advice on court procedures and practices, build the courts' relationships with Aboriginal communities and groups, and provide a culturally friendly link between the Aboriginal community and the court.

Phone 8204 0669
Email ajo@courts.sa.gov.au

Aboriginal Youth Justice Officers

Aboriginal Youth Justice Officers are available to help young people and their families deal with youth court issues. The YAJOs are responsible for the development, delivery, monitoring and review of a culturally sensitive service to Aboriginal youth, Families and the Aboriginal Community.

Phone 8204 0331

Aboriginal Employment and Education Housing

Aboriginal Employment and Education Housing provides short- to medium-term housing to Aboriginal people living in a remote or regional community who need to move for full-time employment, training or education. It is not permanent housing.

Employment and Education Housing providers

Uniting SA
Port Adelaide
Phone 8440 2110
Email homelessnesseeh@unitingsa.com.au

Community Housing Limited
Phone 8210 0200
Email infosa@chl.org.au

Ceduna
Housing SA
Phone 8625 2896
Email dlhousingcedunaaccessteam@sa.gov.au

Port Augusta
Uniting Country SA
Phone 1300 067 777
Email uch@ucsa.org.au

Whyalla
Uniting Country SA
Phone 1300 067 777
Email uch@ucsa.org.au

Roxby Downs
Red Mulga Indigenous Services
Phone 8671 0080
Email admin@redmulga.com

Aboriginal Community Connect

Aboriginal Community Connect (Uniting Communities) is a ‘one-stop’ service if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person seeking help.

They can support you with challenges related to drug and alcohol use, isolation, poverty and disadvantage. You may like support for your social or emotional wellbeing, or with housing if you are visiting Adelaide. They also offer services to help people to work through the effects of trauma.

Tiraapendi Wodli Hub (Port Adelaide)

Tiraapendi Wodli Hub (Port Adelaide) provides a practical point of contact for Aboriginal families to access the information, social and cultural support and services they need.

Phone 0410 228 451

Aboriginal Community Connect (Uniting Communities)

Aboriginal Community Connect (Uniting Communities) is a ‘one-stop’ service if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person seeking help.

They can support you with challenges related to drug and alcohol use, isolation, poverty and disadvantage. You may like support for your social or emotional wellbeing, or with housing if you are visiting Adelaide. They also offer services to help people to work through the effects of trauma.

Tiraapendi Wodli Hub (Port Adelaide)

Tiraapendi Wodli Hub (Port Adelaide) is to provide a practical point of contact for Aboriginal families to access the information, social and cultural support and services they need.

Phone 0410 228 451

Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS)

AFSS has community safety and wellbeing programs, family-based foster care and family reunification services (Stronger Families).

In all that they do, the focus is on working to ensure that Aboriginal children maintain their cultural links.

Phone 8254 1077

Children's centres offer a range of services bringing together education, health, community development activities and a range of services for families. These may include preschools, long day care, occasional care, playgroup and programs to support families with children from birth to school age.

  • Kaurna Plains Children’s centre
  • Kalaya Children’s Centre
  • Taikurendi Children’s Centre
  • Tinyeri
  • Gabmididi Manoo
  • Ngura Yadurirn

SA Children’s Centres

Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation (KWY)

Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation (KWY) focuses on the safety of women and children. It aims to improve the safety of women, children and men by providing specialist knowledge and culturally appropriate services to break cycles of domestic violence and reduce Aboriginal children entering child protection systems across Australia.

A referral is required.

Women’s Safety Services SA (WSSSA)

Women’s Safety Services SA (WSSSA) supports women and their children who are experiencing domestic and family violence. WSSA are committed to helping people find safety and support during and after experiencing abuse.

If life is in danger, phone 000 (triple zero)

Aboriginal Sobriety Group

The Aboriginal Sobriety Group Indigenous Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the sobriety and healing of Aboriginal people. They provide support and pathways away from grief, loss, trauma and abusive lives.

Aboriginal Community Connect (Uniting Communities)

Aboriginal Community Connect is a ‘one-stop’ service if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person seeking help.

We can support you with challenges related to drug and alcohol use, isolation, poverty and disadvantage. You may like support for your social or emotional wellbeing, or with housing if you are visiting Adelaide. They also offer services to help people to work through the effects of trauma.

Someone to talk to

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM)

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement provides excellence in legal and community services for community members to enhance their legal, cultural, political and social rights.

Phone 1800 643 222

Women’s Legal Service South Australia

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program of the Women’s Legal Service works alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to support them in engaging in a meaningful and empowering with the legal system.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Project also provides community legal education to women and the community, in relation to legal matters affecting them.

Phone 1800 655 037

Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth and Family Service (MAYFS)

MAYFS is a dedicated Aboriginal service with a focus on diverting young people away from the justice system and toward improved life outcomes. Young people can be referred through:

  • SAPOL
  • Youth Justice Courts
  • schools
  • community service organisations
  • family members, with consent of both the young person and their parent/carer.

Free phone 1800 NUKKIN (1800 685 546)
Phone 8414 8900
Email mayfs.info@sa.gov.au

Domestic Violence Crisis Line

The Domestic Violence Crisis Line offers information, counselling and safe accommodation support for women experiencing domestic violence in South Australia.

You can phone the Domestic Violence Crisis Line for free. They can organise a safe telephone interpreter. Let the person know what language you need.

Phone 1800 800 098 (24-hour service)

If life is in danger, phone 000 (triple zero)

Nunga Mi:Minar

Nunga Mi:Minar – Northern Regional Aboriginal Family Violence Service – is a free, confidential, accommodation support service for Aboriginal women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Phone Free call 1800 003 308

Ninko Kurtangga Patpangga

Ninko Kurtangga Patpangga supports Aboriginal families in the South of Adelaide including Onkaparinga, Marion, Holdfast Bay, Mitcham, Burnside City Council and women from rural and remote areas.

We provide emergency accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children who are having a hard time at home because of violence.

Phone 8297 9644

Nunkuwarrin Yunti

Nunkuwarrin Yunti deliver a range of contemporary culturally based health and social and emotional wellbeing services to build a healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Youth Accommodation Aboriginal-Specific Homelessness Services

Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS) has supports for young Aboriginal people aged 15 to 25 years.

Phone 8205 1500

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