Family Preservation Service

MacKillop's Family Preservation Service provides a family centred practice which focuses on the best interests of children.

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We work to create change in families by building on strengths and working towards agreed goals, for families involved with Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Child Protection.

The Family Preservation Service is an in-home casework, counselling and family support service, which is:

  • Voluntary — families must consent to a referral being made to the service
  • Flexible — visiting times fit in with your family routine
  • Regular – we will see you regularly and contact can be increased when needed
  • Goal orientated — we work with you on realistic goal

What we can offer:

  • Parenting education, skill development and support
  • Individual/family counselling
  • Household management strategies
  • Liaison and advocacy
  • Community inclusion — we connect your family with groups and services in your community
  • Group work — for children, parents, women, men, couples
  • An education program — individual assistance and support for children with school related difficulties.

Who is eligible?

Families who have children in their care under 18 years of age, where significant protective concerns have been identified by DHHS Child Protection.

Other factors for consideration include:

  • evidence of ongoing risk in the family
  • recent reunification or the completion of an intense support program
  • lack of other service involvement
  • families who have found it hard to engage with services.

How to access this service:

All families must be referred by the DHHS' Child Protection. For further information on how to access this service speak to your DHHS Child Protection worker.