Mother’s Day has come early for families at Coolock House.
A special high tea was held today to recognise the strength and resilience of young mums who are learning to parent on the back of complex challenges.
“The love and commitment these young mums show their children is truly inspirational,’’ Manager Anthea Francis said.
“For some, their own childhood has been fraught with trauma, neglect and/or abuse, so it is difficult for them to understand what positive parenting is.
“Despite this, they are still learning new skills, meeting the physical and emotional needs of their children, and striving to be the best mothers that they can be.’’
Coolock House, at Morphett Vale, supports pregnant or parenting women aged under 25 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Through onsite and outreach support, young mums are assisted to set goals, re-engage with education, develop independent living and parenting skills, and transition into long-term housing.
“Parenting is filled with rewards and challenges but parenting with limited positive supports creates additional challenges,’’ Anthea said.
“In addition, many young mums are acutely aware of the stigma and judgement they face from some in our community.
“Mother’s Day is an opportunity to recognise their strength and resilience, and to acknowledge the vital role they play in their children’s lives.’’
In 2018/2019, Coolock House has supported 42 women and 53 children.