Hannah Place provides support to young women with their pregnancy and parenting so that they can build and maintain a strong bond with their baby.

Young women aged up to 18 years are eligible if they are:

  • Under Guardianship of the Chief Executive
  • Working towards reunification with their child
  • At imminent risk of having a child removed from their care
  • Pregnant and the unborn child is identified to be high risk
  • At imminent risk of homelessness
  • In inappropriate living arrangements
  • In need of parenting support and stability


Hannah Place is located in purpose-built accommodation at Pooraka, where each young woman has her own self-contained unit.

Staff provide support, information, referrals, advocacy and help clients build independent living skills.

Groups are run in conjunction with specialist visiting services and sessions cover topics of interest for the young women, such as: healthy relationships, parenting, wellbeing, cooking and crafts.


Hannah Place provides:

  • Accommodation for young women under the age of 18 years
  • 24/7 onsite support in a 6 x 2-bedroom unit housing complex in Pooraka (properties sourced
    through Commonwealth Stimulus Housing)

Young women are able to reside at Hannah Place up until the age of 18 years, with the option of
outreach support until they are 19.

Referral process

The service is for young women who are eligible for Supported Independent Living Services (SILS) through Department for Child Protection (DCP). State-wide referrals are accepted.

Department for Child Protection staff, please contact Matching and Allocation unit (PSU) with a detailed support plan.

Referring agencies will continue to support the young women they refer for the duration of their stay at Hannah Place.

Young women referred to Hannah Place must also understand the purpose and requirements of the service and demonstrate the willingness to participate and to work towards living independently with their child.

Please contact Hannah Place for further information.

Where: Hannah Place is located at Pooraka in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

Contact: The team (08) 8303 6670 or by email hannahplace@centacare.org.au.

History behind the name Hannah Place

Hannah Buckley was a remarkable woman whose contribution to social welfare and to social work in general deserves great recognition.

Hannah was the first Catholic graduate of the new field of social work; the founding Executive Officer of the Catholic Social Service Bureau – which decades later became Centacare – and a woman who influenced a generation of social workers in South Australia.

Hannah Buckley was a leader in the development of social work practice in hospitals, a role model for a generation, and a woman unafraid to fight for social justice

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