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Parents & Children

Our Parent Child Services support parents and families in creating supportive and nurturing environments that enable children to grow up healthy, confident and resilient.

Parents & Children Services

The Aboriginal Families As Teachers Program is a home visiting program which helps families create learning rich environments in the home. An exciting family based service celebrating and investing in children’s play using everyday resources and equipment.

The result is homes become a play rich environment for young brains ready to absorb everything new.

The Aboriginal Families as Teachers program shows the untapped potential of creating new learning environments at home and beyond.


This program was created to help women and men, their children and extended families who are impacted, or likely to be, by domestic violence.

Domestic Violence is still increasing in these communities and the outcome is usually very poor for Aboriginal families.

Based in Narromine and Bourke, the program is funded by the NSW Department of Health and offers peer support groups, school based early intervention and prevention programs and home visits.


Helping vulnerable and disadvantaged families with children from birth to age 12 is the key focus for the Communities for Children program. The program focuses on parent education, activities and opportunities for children, intensive family support, coordination and collaboration.

The overall outcome is to help children grow up having positive experiences in their community by engaging in meaningful and accessible activities.

CatholicCare Wilicannia-Forbes is the facilitating partner for Communities for Children so we partner with organisations to develop programs to strengthen and enhance parenting abilities and engage social networks enabling stronger communities. These programs include intensive family support, parenting education, school holidays and after school activities, disability focused education and community events. Find out more here.


FamilyCare’s primary purpose is to improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of children and their families by focusing on healthy lifestyle choices, good parenting and relationship practices and smooth and supported transitions to school.

The passionate team offer a combination of programs based on needs in the specific region.

FamilyCare is funded by the Department of Social Services under the Children and Parenting Support (CAPS) within the Families and Communities Program. These programs assist families in Cobar, Bourke (covering Brewarrina), Nyngan, Warren, Parkes (covering Peak Hill and Trundle) and Condobolin. Two Men’s Health Workers are also based in Broken Hill and Condobolin.


Targeted Early Intervention (formerly Families NSW) provides a mix of activities for families with children aged 0-8 including parenting education, supported playgroups and intensive family support.

There is a high need for these services for families who experience crisis or are struggling with their roles as parents and need extra support.

The Department of Communities and Justice funds the Families NSW program to deliver parenting education, supported playgroups, case management, peer support groups, community capacity building, school readiness programs, home visits, advocacy and support. This service covers a vast area including Lake Cargelligo, Forbes, Narromine, Bourke, Broken Hill, Peak Hill, Parkes, Wilcannia, Menindee and Enngonia.


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