Karitane continues to monitor and respond to COVID-19 following all NSW Health guidelines. We offer both face-to-face and virtual services and our team work with each family to match the right service to their individual needs. In this new normal access for parents remains easier than ever, parents can self-refer on-line here. For our COVID-19 update see here.
Karitane provides a range of community groups and programs to support parents experiencing isolation, teenage pregnancy and mental health challenges. We support families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, new migrant and refugee backgrounds and Aboriginal communities. Community programs are provided to families in their own home or in a community setting.
This program offers a fun and relaxing way to study with other young parents and work towards formal qualifications in a certificate III in community services work from TAFE NSW. We provide free training, childcare and lunch plus links to education and other service providers. On completion of the course you will be guided and supported into further study and have the opportunity to share your story with school students!
Volunteer family connect (VFC) - Volunteer in-home support
Offers support to families with children birth to 5 years living in the Macarthur, Wollondilly and Taree areas. The program trains volunteers and matches them with families in the community. Volunteers provide support to families in their parenting role to adjust to a new baby, cope with multiple children, overcome feelings of isolation and frustration. VFC in Taree specifically supports the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. For more information see the VFC brochure here.
For more information or to apply to be a volunteer
Taree - Please contact Sue Martin I Volunteer Family Connect Coordinator I [email protected] l 0438 576 385
Macarthur or Wollondilly - Please contact Angela Styman I Volunteer Family Connect Coordinator I [email protected] l 0447 961 445
- Become a volunteer helping families offers you the opportunity to become a volunteer, helping families deal with the challenges of parenthood.
Karitane linking families
Karitane linking families provides community programs in Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool. These services include:
1. Targeted early intervention (case management)
Health education officers work closely with families expecting a baby or who have a child aged up to 5 years, to provide short term, early intervention support (approx. 3-6 months). Families have the opportunity to meet face to face (home visits), by phone and virtually. The team offer assistance with parenting issues such as child development, child behaviour, nutrition, housing, financial literacy and overall family wellbeing.
Operate weekly during school terms in Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool and Oran Park for families with children birth – 6 years. Playgroups provide a safe place for families to develop skills, strategies and support for parenting and child development challenges. It helps to support and educate families on community services, reduce isolation, improve community networks and build confidence. There are 7 groups offered, including groups for specific families who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or Vietnamese.
Linking Families is located at 130 Nelson Street, Fairfield Heights, NSW, 2165. Families can self-refer by calling (02) 9754 2655.
Family matters - teen parents in custody
This program supports adolescent parents and other young people in custody at Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre to facilitate better outcomes for them and their children. This is achieved through:
1. Building positive parent-child relationships, ensuring child safety during visits and following the parent’s release.
2. Enhancing the parent’s capacity to understand the needs of their child, reducing risk of generational cycle of incarceration.
3. Increasing awareness in parents and staff of needs of children when visiting their parents in custody.
4. Providing universal parenting information and increasing understanding of healthy relationships.
Karitane offer parenting courses in the community including Circle of Security, Tuning into Kids and What Were We Thinking. For more information and registration please see here.
Volunteer Family Connect
Volunteer Family Connect is a home visiting program for parents of young children delivered by trained volunteers. Developed as a collaboration between The Benevolent Society, Good Beginnings Australia, Karitane and senior researchers from Macquarie University and the University of Western Sydney, it brings together the best evidence and practice knowledge available to support the health and wellbeing of parents, children and volunteers.Learn More