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Visit the ABC's Parenting website, produced in partnership with the Raising Children Network. You'll find everything you need to know about bringing up kids from newborns to school age.
Best beginnings is a service for families of new infants. Home visitors are experienced with health and family matters and provide support, advice, information, connections and practical help. Offered in several metropolitan and regional locations.
Phone: (08) 9272 1466 (Parenting Line)
Freecall: 1800 654 432 (freecall STD)
Dads@Lifeline provides counselling and support, paralegal assistance and information, and social activities for separated dads and their children. The service is staffed by professionally qualified counsellors and experienced volunteers. Dads@Lifeline is funded by the Department for Community Development and charges a fee (based on a sliding scale) in order to maintain services.
Address: Lifeline, 57 Murray St, Perth 6000
Phone: (08) 9261 4444
DADS IN THE EARLY YEARS - MEERILINGA YOUNG CHILDREN’S SERVICES
HEY DAD -WA
A resource designed to provide training, resources, and information to services that work with fathers with children 0-8 years. Free “Working with Dads” training is conducted every 2-3 months to family services staff to assist services to become more ‘dad friendly’.
Dads in the Early Years also provide support, resources, and information to fathers of young children. Meerilinga provides playgroups for fathers and children in Woodvale (Mon 1-3pm) and Beechboro (Sat 1.30-3.30).
An online “Directory of Services” contains contact information and hyperlinks to hundreds of WA-based organisations offering services to fathers. Online information sheets provide useful information about raising children, e.g. list of dads and kids playgroups and dads’ learning/discussion sessions, play ideas, child development phases, common childhood illnesses, ideas for parents working away to keep their child connection strong, etc.
Phone: (08) 9309 2377
Hey Dad-WA operates through Ngala and offers support to fathers in the early lives of their children, from ante-natal to babies to toddlers.
Phone: (08) 9368 9379
Freecall: 1800 111 546
Free program (1 per term) designed to engage men in group discussions about responsible fathering and reaffirming the importance of fathers in the lives of their children.
Address: 28 Cecil Avenue, Cannington
Phone: (08) 9251 5777
SIDS & KIDS WA
Geoff Paul is a psychologist with SIDS & Kids WA who provides counselling that is focussed on men’s grief and their needs in situations following the sudden and unexpected death of a child. Geoff has a wide experience in family and relationships counselling and in supporting the well-being of men in times of stress and emotional disturbance.
SIDS & Kids in Western Australia provides loss and grief support for anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a child. That loss may have occurred at any time from conception to 12 years of age. The service is free and there is no time limit to the counselling service or to when a person first contacts SIDS & Kids after the death of the child.
The opportunities for men experiencing grief and reactions to the death of a child include counselling, support groups, sibling support sessions, country support volunteers and a library of relevant support/healing techniques literature.
Phone: 1800 686 780 (24 hour support line)
THE FATHERING PROJECT
Phone: (08) 9346 2005
Fax: (08) 9346 2816
Click here for brochure - Fathering Project