Our Child, Youth and Family Programs support children, young people, parents, and families in developing supportive and nurturing environments.
All children deserve to have the best possible start in life. If a crisis is developing in a family, CatholicCare understands the importance of “getting in early” to prevent the situation from escalating.
We have specialised services and a support network to address any issue. Our aim is to improve the relationships between parents and their children and keep those relationships functional. We like to think of it as “helping you get upstream”.
Our Family Preservation services helps to keep families together. The primary aim of Family Preservation is to keep a child or young person safe within their family by reducing risk and safety concerns, so they can experience healthy and positive development.
Every family is different and Brighter Futures varies its services to provide for individual needs. Services are delivered for about 12 months and each family receives ongoing support from a caseworker. Services include:
CatholicCare's Targeted Earlier Intervention program (TEI) offers a range of services and supports for young people and their families in Maitland, Dungog and Gloucester including:
Tailored skill development and group programs in schools.
Who we help
The service supports young people aged 12 to 17 and their families experiencing vulnerability that impacts wellbeing and safety.
The program tailors support to individual family circumstances, addressing needs early to prevent escalation and increase the wellbeing and safety of vulnerable young people. The program strives to support young peoples’ continued connection with their family, community, education and employment so they can lead independent and meaningful lives.