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May 2015 News

New charity supports families and children

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
The new Intensive Support service opened at USQ

In March, a new charity opened its doors in Toowoomba to better support vulnerable families and prevent child abuse.

The new Intensive Family Support service provided by the charity Act for Kids was opened at the University of Southern Queensland by Regional Director of Child Safety Ms Erica Russ and Vice Chancellor of University of Southern Queensland, Professor Jan Thomas.

Dr Kaye Pickering, Acting Southern Queensland Regional Director at Act for Kids, said the new service was rolled out across Queensland to provide better support to vulnerable families who are experiencing difficulties.

“Act for Kids will provide support in the Toowoomba and Roma area to approximately 180 families per year through the Intensive Family Support service,” she said.

“Our program evaluations show that the outcomes for the families in our prevention programs can be very positive, empowering them to develop ways to cope into the future.”

The new service is funded by the Department of Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and Multicultural Affairs as part of the Queensland Government’s Stronger Families initiative. The funding will increase the charity’s capacity to deliver additional services, tailored to help families address issues such as domestic violence, mental health, parenting and stress management.

Toowoomba Program Manager of Intensive Family Support, Deborah McLachlan, said all parents experience stress and unfortunately it can become overwhelming and lead to potential child abuse and neglect.

“The program ensures families get access to the wrap-around support they need to overcome problems compromising the safety and wellbeing of their children,” she said.

“We work with the whole family to help them identify their issues, to set goals and provide any additional support they need to achieve them,” Deborah said.

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