Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation

KARI’s Early Intervention team provides young families with the help, support and advice they need through our unique initiative, The Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation program.

Our Early Intervention team offers the support and resources needed to help prevent the escalation of emergency child protection services. We assist vulnerable Indigenous families with children aged 0-17 years and families expecting a child.

Our team work with a network of volunteers to provide such parents with the skills and understanding they need to create a healthy and sustainable environment for their children to develop, be happy and thrive.

Here, you will find more information about the following:

  • Early intervention eligibility
  • Support and services
  • Our core principles
  • Programs we offer
  • Testimonials
  • Application details

Am I eligible?

If you have at least one vulnerability that will directly impact your ability to care for your child/children, or will affect their wellbeing, then you are eligible to take part in this Early Intervention initiative.

Vulnerabilities include:

  • Lack of parenting skills or inadequate supervision.
  • Parents with significant learning or intellectual disabilities.
  • Domestic and family violence.
  • Parent mental health issues.
  • Drug or alcohol misuse.

To be eligible for KARI’s Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation program, children within the family need to be of Aboriginal descent.

Early Intervention Support and Services

Everyone who takes part in KARI’s Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation program is paired with a dedicated family support worker from our Early Intervention team to guide them along the way. The program offers ongoing support in the following ways:

  • Case Management: Your family support worker will work with you for up to 12 months and offer guidance and support when required, such as making relevant referrals, attending and coordinating appointments.
  • Home visits: Your family support worker will regularly visit you at home to support you with a range of services including parenting strategies, advice and guidance.
  • Support with accessing childcare.
  • Provides a direct entry point to the KARI multidisciplinary playgroup.
  • Delivers parenting programs in both a one-on-one and group environment.

Core Principles

The Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation program’s success is based on the following core principles:

Voluntary Participation
Taking part in the program is voluntary, empowering families to accept responsibility for the decision-making process in their lives.

Strength-based Approach
The program recognises, fosters and builds on people’s existing capacities and competencies within their family. It offers a strength-based approach to encourage motivation and achieve long-term change.

A child-centred approach means the focus is targeted on the outcomes for the children.

While the services provided are child-focused, they also seek to support parents and families to further develop their ability to nurture their children. The services also offer flexibility and are tailored to the individual needs of each family.

Integrated Service Delivery
All families who take part in the program can access a number of different Early Intervention support services in the one place. This promotes efficient service provision, while reducing the complexity of numerous service providers for the family.

Early Intervention Programs

The Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation team hosts four group-based parenting programs throughout the year, with a different program offered each school term. The program runs for up to eight weeks out of the school term and child minding is available for parents who are taking part.

Programs include, but are not limited to:

1, 2, 3 Magic and Emotional Coaching

In this three-week course, you will learn to engage your children’s cooperation by positively noticing and encouraging them, set clear expectations and help them develop frustration tolerance, resolve family conflict and some simple strategies to practice being a calm parent.

Money Minded

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.

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.

In addition to the above programs, we also design and deliver parenting programs based on the individual needs of current clients.

Family Camp
Every year, the Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation team runs a three-day family camp. The adventure aims to deliver a culturally-rich range of experiences for the whole family to enjoy. The families taking part get the chance to develop friendships, while sharing parenting skills and strategies.

Vacation Care
During the school holidays, the Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation team offers vacation care programs for children between the ages of five and seventeen. Designed to support children’s learning during the school break, the program gives kids the chance to develop supportive relationships with their peers, while having fun.

Christmas Party
The Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation team hosts an annual Christmas party and all Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation families are invited to attend.


“KARI’s Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation program is a resourceful program that’s great for everyone. It’s also a great environment to do courses, brush up on parenting skills and meet new people. I have just completed a course called Triple P and have just started a second course. I would recommend these courses to everyone. The team at KARI are also ready to stand by and listen if you have any personal issues to discuss.” – Shana

“Before KARI, the kids were constantly saying they were caged in and scared about losing their house. Now they’ve never been happier, they always get to participate in the programs KARI offers (surfing, swimming and parties). There is always someone on hand to talk to if I’m feeling down and out and worried about anything. I’ve been given help for furniture, such as beds for the kids. The best thing I have done is getting involved with Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservation, there is never a day I look back at my old life, and without their help I wouldn’t be where I am today.” – Kelly

How to apply

If you’d like to register for KARI’s Aboriginal Intensive Family Preservations program, or if you have any enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at support@kari.org.au or (02) 8782 0300.