Family Support

KARI’s Family Support initiatives are designed to provide advice, guidance and practical family assistance.

Do you need medical, financial or legal help, or simply an extra set of hands with the kids during the school holidays? KARI has a program that will guide you in the right direction.

All families experience a range of challenges at different times of their lives. Often, they need nurturing through these difficult periods. This helps them grow in strength and realise their potential. Ultimately, support should help them gain the capacity and knowledge needed to thrive independently.

Our Family Support services offer a range of initiatives to help vulnerable families to develop skills to build solid foundations for future prosperity. KARI work with families to promote the wellbeing and safety of these parents and children. We seek to build upon their existing knowledge of how to achieve security and address any issues hampering their stability and progress. Our shared goal is to strengthen their ability to cultivate healthy family relationships and considered life choices for the benefit of each other.

Here, you will find more information about the following:

  • Parenting Programs
  • Financial Counselling

KARI’s Family Support parenting programs bring local parents together to share skills, stories and help strengthen the bond between parent and child. While we run a number of programs throughout the year, here you will find more information about the following initiatives:

  • Mother and Children’s Camp
  • Father and Son’s Camp
  • Positive Parenting Program
  • Circle of Security

If you need a hand with budgeting and finance, KARI’s Financial Counsellor offers the support you need. KARI’s financial counsellor acts as a negotiator and advocate on behalf of those in the community experiencing financial risk. The service is both free and confidential. As part of our Family Support service, our financial counsellor works to educate our clients in financial management, including household budgeting, debt reduction and wealth creation.

Financial Support

If you need a hand with budgeting and finance, KARI’s Financial Counsellor offers the support you need.
KARI’s financial counsellor acts as a negotiator and advocate on behalf of those in the community experiencing financial risk. The service is both free and confidential.

As well as supporting and educating the client, a financial counsellor can provide their clients the following:

  • A full assessment of their financial situation, including regular income and expenditure, assets and liabilities.
  • Information as to entitlements to government forms of assistance.
  • Information and options for change and improvement.
  • The ability to negotiate on behalf of the client with credit providers, government agencies and other business providers.
  • Information on credit laws, the debt recovery process, bankruptcy and other areas of legislation such as superannuation, insurance and harassment, to name a few.
  • Financial counselling is a unique type of service that sees the counsellor support a client’s health issues, financial concerns and assist with any appropriate referrals.

If you’re experiencing financial difficulties, please contact our Financial Counsellor today on (02) 8782 0300.

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Parenting Programs

KARI’s parenting programs bring local parents together to share skills, stories and help strengthen the bond between parent and child.

Mother and Children’s Camp

The Mother and Children’s Camp gives mothers in the community the chance to come together, share stories, take part in activities, learn new parenting skills and ultimately strengthen their relationship with their children. The camp is run by a trained member of the KARI team and offers evidence-based parenting programs, including PPP and Circle of Security, to improve the bond between mother and child.

Father and Son’s Camp

The Father and Son’s Camp gives fathers and sons the chance to build on their relationship in a culturally appropriate way. Held over a weekend, the camp is hosted by a member of the KARI team who helps fathers to discuss parenting issues, as well as find ways to develop a stronger bond with their children. The weekend includes opportunities to take part in a range of activities created to strengthen the relationship between father and son, as well as evidence-based parenting programs like PPP and Circle of Security.

Other Programs

In addition to our family camps, our team also connects with key partners to hold term-based parenting programs, including evidence based-programs like MoneyMinded, Triple P and Circle of Security.

PPP
Aboriginal PPP program: The Positive Parenting Program aims to make parenting easier – helping parents understand how children grow, how to teach them right from wrong and help them develop respect to enjoy positive family relationships.

Circle of Security
Circle of Security focuses on developing strong parental relationships to offer children emotional support. While most parents recognise when children need help to manage their behaviour, the idea that children may need help understanding their feelings is new to many. When children feel overwhelmed, this early intervention program teaches parents how to help them cope with strong feelings, since they’re often too young to manage alone.

MoneyMinded
Developed by ANZ in consultation with government stakeholders, education experts and the community, MoneyMinded is an adult financial education program designed to improve your money management skills. Whether you’re looking to create a budget, reduce your debt or start saving, there’s activity here to help you.

To find out when these programs are running, please refer to our Events page.