One in five Centacare clients is a child. Their safety is paramount and is at the core of our family support services.
We work with families to harness their strengths, address challenges and build confidence as part of our preventative approach towards the care and protection of the most vulnerable in our community.
Our services include successful foster, family preservation and reunification programs, family relationship counselling, advocacy, referral, intensive support playgroups, targeted intervention, dispute resolution, young parents’ groups, cross-cultural adult education and school counselling.
Our partnerships with other non-government organisations, universities, and the South Australian and Australian governments, are a testament to Centacare’s practices and processes.
For more information about our services, click on the links below.
Private: The Bilby Bus
Supporting families who are homeless or disengaged with community services means supporting parents and their children and giving them the opportunity to grow together. The Bilby Bus is doing just that.
Coolock House offers 24 hr. support and accommodation for young women up to the age of 25 years, who are pregnant or parenting and are homeless or at the risk of homelessness. The House provides a safe and secure environment in individual fully-furnished family units.
Counselling Services South Program
Counselling Services South offers counselling, education and workshops that cover a range of topics, including marriage and relationship, parenting and personal development.
Counselling – Family Relationship Program
Evidence suggests that addressing a problem early gives couples and families a greater chance of incorporating strategies to help them manage differences and build strong, healthy relationships. Our counsellors are well trained to assist couples, individuals and families experiencing relationship difficulties in a range of ways.
The Dad’s Business delivers a range of fathering activities in the Playford area in a no-pressure environment. Young Dads come together to discuss their expectations, hopes, anxieties and build their knowledge around birth and the early years with a skilled male worker.
Family Dispute Resolution
Family Dispute Resolution provides mediation as an alternative way to resolving disputes and can avoid the financial and emotional costs of becoming involved in legal action. Our accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners guide the process of discussion and facilitates those in dispute to reach their own agreements.
Findon Family Housing
This program offers supported accommodation to young families up to the age of 25 years, who are pregnant or parenting and are homeless or are at-risk of homelessness but who have low need support requirements. Support is provided on a one-on-one basis and families are connected with local community services as required.
Family Mental Health Support Services (SCY)
SCY works with children and young people who are showing early signs or are at risk of developing mental illness, to improve their wellbeing and enable them to better participate in their communities to reach their full potential. The SCY program works with children, young people and their families or carers to address risk factors and strengthen protective factors.
Family Preservation and Reunification Service
Our Reunification Service helps families strengthen their relationships and improve the well being of children, young people and parents and to assist families to adjust to the changes required for the return of the child to the home.
Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service
The Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service (LCDVS) provides a range of services to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, using a safety first approach. Services include assistance to keep women and children safe in their own homes, supported accommodation in a range of housing options, safety planning, referral, advocacy and individualised case management to support and enhance women’s choices.
At Louise Place, young women find 24-hour supported accommodation with services that help them live independently through developing parenting and life skills. We also support young, pregnant single women (aged 18 and under) to find the right medical and government services.
Malvern Place offers support and accommodation for young women up to the age of 25 years, who are pregnant or parenting and are homeless or at the risk of homelessness. The service provides a safe and secure environment in individual fully-furnished family units.
Murray Mallee Adelaide Hills Domestic Violence Service
The Murray Mallee Adelaide Hills Domestic Violence Service provides support to women and children experiencing or escaping family and domestic violence to ensure their safety. Our services include crisis support, case management and co-ordination, risk and safety assessments, safety planning, advocacy, and counselling for people in the Murray Mallee, Adelaide Hills and Coorong areas.
National School Chaplaincy Program
The National School Chaplaincy Program aims to support schools in promoting the wellbeing of students by providing a service that contributes to the maintenance or establishment of Pastoral Care Worker services in schools.
Outer North Youth Services
Young people in Adelaide’s northern suburbs can take advantage of Outer North Youth Services Elizabeth.
Po:rlar Ka:ngkun Tainkuwalun (PKT) – Journey to Learning
PKT is a family focused outreach service that provides opportunities in a non-threatening environment for Aboriginal families/caregivers to learn about children’s physical, intellectual and emotional development and the role it plays in school readiness.
Riverland Domestic Violence Service
The Riverland Domestic Violence Service (RDVS) supports women and children in the Riverland who are experiencing domestic violence. The Service provides short-term accommodation, confidential and professional counselling, information and referrals for options in housing, medical, legal, income and advocacy.
School Counselling Program
Our Children’s Counsellors work in partnership with Catholic Primary Schools to offer support and information to help students’ well-being. Working respectfully and collaboratively with students, parents/caregivers and teachers, they can assist with issues such as anxiety and depression, social skills, grief and loss, family breakdown issues, relationships, violence or abuse.
Whyalla Generic Homelessness Service (YOUTH FOCUS) Program
In Whyalla, Centacare provides transitional and crisis accommodation – as well as other related services – to individuals, couples and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Whyalla Regional Domestic Violence Service
The Whyalla Regional Domestic Violence Service provides supported transitional and crisis accommodation and support to assist clients experiencing domestic and family violence or Aboriginal family violence in Whyalla and surrounding areas.