What is the Young Parent Program?
Our Young Parent Program supports younger parents to transition to parenthood and ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
Who is it for?
To be eligible for our Young Parent Program you need to be a Central Coast resident and a pregnant or parenting young person aged 12 – 20 years. This is a free service.
How do we support families?
Young People (and their families – if they prefer) are offered an initial assessment interview, where family support workers will assist young parents to identify their strengths and needs in relation to transitioning to parenthood or presenting family issues.
We assist young people to develop goals that indicate how they would like things to be in their family. Once goals are determined we negotiate a support case plan with the young person, outlining how we can assist their family to achieve their goals.
Our case work support plan guides and provides a focus for our work with young families. Examples include: Centre based counselling, enhancing parenting practices and relationship skills, providing information about services and assisting you to access these services by advocating and direct referrals.
We also provide structured parenting programs which focus specifically on supporting young parents to further develop their parenting knowledge and understanding of caring for a newborn and managing children’s behavior. Our aim is to equip parents with the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient and to be able to manage family issues without ongoing support.
When & Where?
Our family case workers can meet with young people at our office in Kariong, in your home or at other agreed locations within the community.
We also facilitate regular young parent groups and workshops across the Central Coast region. For further information on our Young Parent group work program check out our Young Parent Central facebook page here or look at our group work programs for next term here.