Family Support Services
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.
The Orange Door Bayside Peninsula
The Orange Door is a multi-agency partnership bringing together Family Violence services, Family Support Services and Men’s Behaviour Change programs. The Orange Door provides a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.
OzChild can provide ongoing assistance to families that have been identified as requiring additional supports through The Orange Door. The OzChild intensive therapeutic case management program can provide families with information and strategies to build upon the existing parent and child relationship, and improve the complexities that impact on the capacity to parent effectively.
This family support program in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula 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, counselling 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 Bayside Peninsula Family Services Alliance suite of services and provides short term intensive therapeutic support to children and families living in the 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 up to the age of 18 years, where it has been assessed that the family is ready and able to engage in therapeutic change.
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. Learn more about our family law services.
Please contact our Family Relationship Centre on 1300 661 790.