Children and Parenting Support

Samaritans Child and Parenting Support, including Kinship Care can help you with caring for children.

Child and Parenting Support offers parents and kinship carers help through playgroups, parenting support, kinship carer peer support programs, and family support and case management.

The Child and Parenting Support team bring passion, experience and knowledge as social workers, family workers, teachers, counsellors and educators to their roles.

Kinship Care Peer Support Groups

Are you the primary carer for a child? You might be the child’s grandparent, relative or a significant friend. Samaritans Kinship Carer groups offer support for grandparents and other kinship carers and provide social interaction and shared experiences with other carers, support and friendship as well as discussion and sharing of information on relevant support services.

Read more about kinship care here 

Playgroups

Our supported playgroups for children aged 0-6 are facilitated by experienced educators to offer fun, creative activities for children and parents. Morning tea and family support are offered at the groups. The Playgroups run in Kurri Kurri, Windale, Beresfield, Woodrising and Coonabarabran.

Contact Allison Forsyth on 0428 166 119 (Lake Macquarie), Liz Fox on 0428 920 374 (Coonabarabran) and Sam Elliot on 0439 593 984 (Lower Hunter)

Parenting Support

Our Child and Parenting Support team can tailor support to meet the individual needs of parents and carers. It may be through visiting your home, in the community or participating in a parenting group activity or program.

Alternatively, you may like to use our online Parenting Support. You can ask a question at any time and receive a response from a professional parent educator within 2 working days.

Parenting Support

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Contact Details

Phone Number
Marcia Spitzkowsky (CAPS Coordinator) 0437 101 755
Contact Email
marcia.spitzkowsky@samaritans.org.au