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This page provides links to a range of national and state resources, services and support organisations for parents and families of all kinds.

Adoptive families

Australian Government – Intercountry Adoption
This Australian Government website has information, links and resources relating to intercountry adoption.

ACT Community Services – Adoptions
This website has information for people living in the Australian Capital Territory wishing to adopt a child from overseas or locally.

NSW Department of Community Services – Adoption
This NSW Government website has information for birth parents and adoptive parents, as well as people who were adopted in New South Wales and their families.

NT Department of Children and Families – Adoption
The NT Government Department of Children and Families is responsible for adoptions in the Northern Territory. This website describes the services offered and has contact details.

Queensland Department of Communities – Adoption
This Queensland Government website has information and resources for birth parents, adoptive parents and people seeking information about past adoptions in Queensland.

Families SA – Adoption in South Australia
This SA Government website has information, links and resources for people who are affected by past adoptions, people who are considering placing their child for adoption and people who want to adopt a child.

Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services – Adoption services 
The Department of Health and Human Services manages adoption services in Tasmania. This website has information and services for people wishing to adopt and people affected by adoption.

Victorian Department of Human Services – Adoption and permanent care
The Department of Human Services is responsible for adoption in Victoria. The website has information about permanent care and adopting a child from Victoria or overseas. It also has links for people who have experienced wardship, adoption or donor conception.

WA Department for Child Protection
This WA Government website has information and links to services for birth parents, adoptive parents, foster carers and people affected by a past adoption in Western Australia.

Family support

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre (Victoria) is a statewide service in Melbourne that offers a telephone support and referral service. The website has resources, information and advice on family violence and sexual abuse, as well as a national service directory.

Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA)
FRSA is the national peak body for family relationship and support services. The website has a directory of services throughout Australia.

Good Beginnings Australia
This not-for-profit organisation provides information and a range of programs including home-visiting, a fathers’ program and a program supporting families affected by imprisonment of a parent.

Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA)
PANDA provides confidential information, support and referral to anyone affected by postnatal and antenatal mood disorders, including partners and extended family members.

Relationships Australia
Relationships Australia offers counselling, education programs, mediation services and other help for families and couples. This is the national website with links to the website for each Australian state and territory.

SIDS and Kids
This organisation works to prevent infant deaths through research and public education. The website has evidence-based information on topics such as safe sleeping as well as links to bereavement support services.

St Luke’s (New South Wales)
St Luke’s Anglicare is a not-for-profit community organisation that supports children, individuals, groups, families, neighbourhoods and communities in north-central Victoria and southern New South Wales.

Unifam Counselling (New South Wales)
Unifam provides counselling for individuals, couples and families with children and teenagers. It has counsellors who can help children when their parents are separating.

Fathers

Fathers Matter
This is a link to a parenting resource for fathers. The booklet was produced by the Parenting Research Centre for the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. It has information and advice on a range of parenting and relationship issues for dads.

Relationships Australia 
Relationships Australia offers counselling, education programs, mediation services and other help for families and couples. This is the national website with links to the website for each state and territory.

Mensline
This is a national support service for men with family and relationship concerns. Online counselling is available on the website, as well as a 24-hour telephone counselling line – phone 1300 789 978. 

You can also read our article on Dad and Partner Pay. Dad and Partner Pay gives new dads or partners, including same-sex partners, up to two weeks of government-funded pay to be taken in the first year following birth or adoption.

Foster carers

Listed below are links to the government agencies or departments responsible for foster care in each state and territory in Australia:

Create Foundation  
This organisation represents children and young people in out-of-home care. The website has information on programs, activities and events run by Create throughout Australia. 

Grandparents

Australian Government Department of Human Services – Support for non-parent carers
This section of the Department of Human Services website has information about assistance available for grandparents and carers who raise and care for children.

Family Relationships Online
On this webpage you can find links to services and resources to support you in your role as a carer. You can also get answers to frequently asked questions about being a grandparent or kinship carer.

MyTime for Grandparents
This is a national network of support groups for grandparents who are full-time carers of grandchildren aged up to 18 years.

You can find other useful links in our article on services for grandparent and kinship carers.

Parenting support

Austprem
Austprem provides information and support for parents and carers of prematurely born babies and children. The website has a discussion forum where parents can share experiences.

Better Health Channel – Parenting
This website has quality-assured and easy-to-understand information on a range of issues, for parents of babies through to teenagers.

Families NSW 
This NSW Government website has information on services and support for families throughout New South Wales.

Family Relationships Online
This Australian Government website has information and advice about family relationships. There’s a telephone support line and links to Family Relationship Centres in each state and territory.

Healthdirect Australia
Healthdirect provides health information and advice online and over the phone. The website provides links to health resources from trusted Australian organisations. Or phone 1800 022 222 and speak to a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Livewire
Livewire provides free, safe and fun online communities for families affected by a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability.

NSW Department of Community Services – Parenting
This NSW Government website has practical tips, information and resources and includes a parenting services directory.

Northern Territory Families
This NT Government website has information, resources and links to services for NT families. It includes tipsheets on a range of issues for children of all ages.

Parentlink ACT
This ACT Government website provides parenting information, guidance and support.

Parenting SA
This SA Government website provides support, services, information and resources for parents and carers.

PBS Parents
This website has information and advice for parents about child development from birth through the early school years.

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby
This is a free, national 24-hour helpline offering information, advice and counselling about all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and your baby’s first year – phone 1800 882 436.

Same-sex parents

Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (Victoria and Tasmania)
Switchboard is a telephone counselling, information and referral service for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Victoria and Tasmania. Visit the website for phone numbers and hours of availability.

Gay Dads Australia
This website has information and resources for gay men who are fathers, or who want to have children.

National LGBTI Health Alliance
This is a national organisation promoting the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The website has links to LGBTI services in each state and territory that provide advice and support to same-sex parents.

NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
This organisation promotes the rights of lesbians and gay men in NSW. The website has information and updates on laws affecting same-sex parents.

Rainbow Families Council (Victoria)
This Victorian organisation gives support and advice to parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, and their children.

Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
This website has information about the law in Victoria relating to same-sex parents and their children.

You can find other useful links in our article on parenting in a same-sex relationship.

Sole parents

Australian Government Department of Human Services – Child support and separated parents  
This section of the Department of Human Services website has information about child support payments and support services for separated families.

Australian Government Department of Human Services – What to do following a death
This section of the Department of Human Services website explains what to do if someone in your family has died. It has information on financial assistance, counselling and other supports to help you.

Lone Fathers Association
This is a national peak body for all separated parents. It is devoted to the interests of lone fathers and their children, as well as their friends, extended family and carers.

National Council of Single Mothers and their Children
This organisation aims to empower single mothers – particularly those living in hardship – by giving them access to information and support.

Parenting and Child Health – Single parenting  
This webpage has information and tips on a range of  issues for single parents.

Parents Without Partners (PWP) 
PWP offers social, emotional and educational support for sole parents.

Single Parents Active Kids (Melbourne)
This is a social group that organises events for single parents and their children in Melbourne. Its focus is outdoor activities where children can have fun and be active in a welcoming and positive environment.

Single with Children (Sydney)
This is a non-profit social organisation run by single parents. It runs social activities in Sydney for both custodial and access single parents and their children.

For more information about being a single parent and co-parenting, go to our Parenting after Separation section. 

Step-parents

Family Relationships Online
This Australian Government website has information and advice about family relationships. There is a telephone support line and links to Family Relationship Centres in each state and territory.

Me and My Changing Family
This is a link to a booklet produced by the Australian Government Child Support Agency. It has tips on building healthy relationships after separation. You can download the resource or read it online.

Parenting and Child Health – Stepfamilies
This webpage has information and tips on a range of issues for stepfamilies.

Relationships Australia  
Relationships Australia offers counselling, education programs, mediation services and other help for families and couples. This is the national website with links to the website for each state and territory.

Stepfamilies Australia
This organisation operates Australia-wide offering family support services and information to stepfamilies. The website has links to branches in each state and territory.

Teenage parents

Core of Life
Core of Life provides education about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting for adolescents.

Teen Health – Pregnancy options  
This webpage discusses the options for young people who are pregnant.

Twins and multiples

Australian Multiple Birth Association
This organisation provides support, resources and education to multiple birth parents.

Australian Twin Registry 
The Australian Twin Registry facilitates research involving twins and their families. The website has information and resources about twins.

Curtin University – Twins and multiples 
This website has information and research about multiples with a focus on education from preschool through the school years. It includes information about special needs and disability.

Parenting and Child Health – Twins
This website has information and advice on a range of issues associated with having twins.

 
 
 
  • Last updated or reviewed 10-06-2014