OzChild provides support to families and children, helping to preserve the living situations of disadvantaged young people and prevent them from being placed in Foster Care.
ChildFIRST – Frankston/Mornington Peninsula
In partnership with Anglicare Victoria and Good Shepherd, OzChild supports families via an assessment process to reduce the need for Child Protection involvement. Families are linked to the necessary services to access the help they need.
We can also provide an Intensive Therapeutic Program for these families through case management, counseling and in-home support to build on parent and child relationships and to improve issues that impact on the capacity to parent effectively.
Contact ChildFIRST on 1300 721 383
MORNINGTON PENINSULA COUNSELLING SERVICE
This free counseling service is available to residents of the Mornington Peninsula Shire to assist and support families through stressful life events and life-changes and to strengthen and enhance family life.
Please call our Mornington office on (03) 5975 7644
This family support program in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula program provides intensive support to children referred by Child Protection where it has been assessed that a child is at risk of requiring a placement in out of home care and the family requires immediate intervention to reduce this risk. The program also accepts referrals to support children returning to parental care.
Families First work with children and families includes identifying strengths and difficulties, providing practical assistance, counseling support and setting goals to achieve change so that the child or children can remain safely with their family.
This program operates across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula and only accepts referrals from Child Protection.
INTENSIVE THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM
The Intensive Therapeutic Program is part of the Family Solutions Child FIRST suite of services and provides short term intensive therapeutic support to children and families living in Frankston and Mornington Peninsula where there are concerns about child and family well being.
It requires a combination of in-home intensive therapeutic services and case management to assist in the development of the parent/child relationship and the resolution of entrenched issues impacting on the capacity to parent. The program will prioritise interventions/supports for children aged 0 -12 years, where it has been assessed that the family is ready and able to engage in therapeutic change.
All referrals to the program come through ChildFIRST 1300 721 383
FAMILY LAW SERVICES
OzChild Family Law Service provides an alternative to the formal legal process for separated families wanting to improve their relationships for the best interests of their children. Our Warrnambool Children’s Contact Service acts as an independent, safe place for changeover and facilitated contact between children and separated parents.
Please contact Family Life Frankston (03) 9770 0341 or Peninsula Community Legal Centre 1800 064 784