Who we help

The Caroline Chisholm Society provides free and confidential help to:

  • expectant mothers,
  • sole parents with at least one child under primary school age, and
  • two parent families with at least one child under primary school age.

The Society provides services that respond to the needs of families and supports them to achieve and maintain a safe and nurturing environment.

How we help

The Caroline Chisholm Society is a professional agency of social and community workers, service support staff and volunteers, who offer pregnancy counselling and support, material aid and family support.

The Society provides services that respond to the needs of families and supports them to achieve and maintain a safe and nurturing environment.

An example of our support

Jackie presented through our welfare appointments 8 1⁄2 months pregnant requiring ‘everything’ for the baby. She explained that her husband did not have a regular income as he worked on a contract basis. Through discussions with the worker, Jackie acknowledged that she was feeling quite anxious about parenting a new baby as she is quite isolated from her family and has recently moved into a new area. She had also missed her hospital antenatal classes through ongoing sickness during her pregnancy and moving house. Jackie stated that she had ‘never nursed a new baby’ or knew anyone who had a baby.

Jackie was provided with baby goods and clothing and was encouraged to contact the Social Worker at the hospital to prepare for the birth. Additionally, Jackie and her husband were referred into the Caroline Chisholm Society Family Support Program, for support in the early months of parenting their baby.

Our Approach

Caroline Chisholm Society provides services that respond to the needs of families and supports them to achieve and maintain a safe and nurturing environment.

We are focused on the best interests of your child, while highlighting your strengths, and working to ensure you and your baby or toddle can have a good attachment.

  • Strengths-based practice: We help you to identify and builds on the strengths, abilities and assets that you already have. The approach leads to better, more sustainable changes in your life, and allows you and your family to work together for a safer and more nurturing environment for your children.
  • Attachment Theory: Strong and secure attachment is vital to your baby’s development. You can build attachment by learning to read your baby’s signals and knowing how to best respond to your baby’s needs.
  • Best interests case practice model: Our case practice model is designed to achieve a common basis for professionals working with you and your local communities and services to meet your child’s need for safety, stability and development.
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