The Australian Government provides funding through the Family Support Program, administered by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to support families in the day-to-day raising of children from birth to their teens, via the information and resources on the Raising Children Network.
FaHCSIA supports families to better manage life’s transitions through the Family Support Program. The Family Support Program aims to ensure children at risk are protected; contribute to building stronger, more resilient communities; and better target its services to vulnerable and disadvantaged families. The Family Support Program comprises two core streams:
- Family and Children’s Services
- Family Law Services.
The Family and Children’s Services is streamlined to four service types:
Communities for Children Services provides prevention and early intervention services to families with children up to age 12 and who are at risk of disadvantage, including Indigenous families.
Family and Relationship Services deals with adult relationship issues, counselling for young people and children and broader parenting support.
Specialist Services have particular knowledge and skills for dealing with vulnerable families affected by issues such as drugs, violence and trauma.
Community Playgroups support parents with young children.
The Family Support Program provides a significant opportunity for the community sector and government to collaborate in response to a wide range of social needs. They are supported by national services including Family Relationship Advice Line, Family Relationships Online, Mensline and Raising Children Network.
Additional support is provided as part of the Helping Children with Autism package to provide information on the Raising Children Network website about autism spectrum disorder, as well as online resources and interactive functions to support parents, carers and professionals.
For more information about FaHCSIA and the Family Support Program visit the FaHCSIA website.