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Parenting support

What is parenting support?

Parenting support refers to a range of services, resources, and guidance provided to parents or caregivers to enhance their parenting skills, knowledge, and confidence in raising children. It aims to offer assistance and tools for addressing various challenges and promoting healthy child development.

How Parenting Supports Can Improve the Parenting Experience

Education: Parenting support provides valuable educational resources, workshops, and materials to help parents better understand child development, behavior management, and effective communication techniques.

Emotional Support: By offering emotional support and counseling, parenting services can help parents manage stress, build resilience, and foster a positive and nurturing environment for their children.

Community Engagement: Parenting support encourages community engagement and networking, allowing parents to connect with other caregivers, share experiences, and access a support system that promotes a sense of belonging and understanding.

Skill Enhancement: Through practical guidance and training, parenting supports empowers caregivers with essential skills, such as effective discipline strategies, conflict resolution, and fostering a supportive and healthy family environment.

Seeking help


Free confidential information and counseling for parents.  and carers of children from birth to 18 years of age


Parenting education and support for families with children aged from birth to five years old, focusing on early childhood development and family well-being.


Offers various programs and support services for parents and families with children from birth to three years old.

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A community-based not-for-profit offering specialised family and parenting support programs and assistance.

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Contact Child Protection if you believe a child is at risk of harm.

Reports to Child Protection may result in a referral to a family service response such as:

  • The Family Preservation and Reunification Response, 

  • Parenting Assessment and Skill Development Services, and 

  • Intensive Family Services.

Regional parenting service

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CatholicCare – Bendigo

176 - 178 McCrae Street

Bendigo Vic 3550

03 5438 1300

CatholicCare – Ballarat

34 Peel Street North

Ballarat VIC 3350

03 5327 7900

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Parentzone – Anglicare Eastern

666 Mountain Highway

Bayswater VIC 3153

03 9721 3636

Parentzone – Anglicare Gippsland

190 Commercial Road

Morwell VIC 3840

03 5135 9555

Parentzone – Anglicare North

8 Hurtle Street

Lalor VIC 3075

03 8641 8900

Parentzone – Anglicare South

66-68 Main Street

Pakenham VIC 3810

1300 984 011

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245-249 Pakington Street

Newtown VIC 3220

03 5272 4741

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Gateway Health

155 High Street

Wodonga VIC 3690 

02 6022 8888

Strengthening Parent Support Program


Gateways Support Services

10-12 Albert Street

Geelong West VIC 3218

03 5221 2984



Level 3 42 Lakeview Drive

Caribbean Park

Scoresby, VIC 3179

1800 343 287

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Parentzone – Anglicare Eastern

666 Mountain Highway

Bayswater VIC 3153

1300 007 873

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Melbourne City Mission

164-180 Kings Way

South Melbourne VIC 3205

1800 343 287

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Noah’s Ark

6 Blackwood Place

Morwell VIC 3840

1800 819 140

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Uniting Wimmera

185 Baillie Street

Horsham VIC 3400

03 5362 4042

Baby Makes 3 Workshops

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