Children & Family Support Services

Samaritans offer a wide range of family support services in Newcastle & surrounding areas.

Our Children and Family services extend support to families who may have children with additional needs, parents who need support in their home and we also host two Early Learning Centres in Newcastle and Woodberry.

Our services are designed to support every member of a family – ask about how our holistic approach could help you and your family.

Phone 1300 656 336

Samaritans Early Learning Centres

Samaritans operates not-for-profit Early Learning Centres in Newcastle and Woodberry with a specific focus on quality and excellence in early childhood education and care. Samaritans is a charitable organisation invested in supporting the local community. The mission, vision and values…

Phone 4922 1500

ARAFMI Hunter Samaritans

Samaritans supports the carers of people with mental illness in Newcastle and the Hunter. ARAFMI Hunter Mental Health Carers offer support and counselling for the families and friends of people with mental illness. Mental illness can have a ripple effect…

Phone 0428 006 471

Getting It Together Scheme

Samaritans offers financial support for young people and their families in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Valley. Samaritans provides the Getting It Together Scheme (GITS), a financial brokerage service for young people and their families who have a history…

Phone 02 6539 3444

Early Childhood Early Intervention

Samaritans Early Childhood Early Intervention is a program offering NDIS support to children aged between 0-6 years in Newcastle & the Mid North Coast. Samaritans Early Childhood Early Intervention is: An NDIS Transition Provider, which can provide short term support…

Phone 0418 424 669

The Circle

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The Circle Program is funded through the Australian’s Government’s Communities for Children initiative. The Program works collaboratively with Primary Schools in the Wyong Shire on the Central Coast of NSW. We provide a range of evidence-based programs for children and young people…

Phone 1300 656 336

Early Intervention

A program to support children with autism, developmental delay and disability, by working with and supporting their families, educators and community members.

Phone 4942 1621

Creative Times

Assisting children and their families going through challenging times. Creative Times works with families and schools to build resilience.

Phone Newcastle: 4014 9300 or Lake Macquarie: 4950 7230

Brighter Futures

An early intervention program for families with children aged between 0 and 8 years. Brighter Futures provides support and services to promote healthy child development, and strengthen resilience in families.

Phone (02) 4014 9306

Foster Care

This foster care service supports foster carers who provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people who are not able to live with their family.

Phone Marcia Spitzkowsky on 0437 101 755 or Sharna Milgate on 0418 453 848 or Allison Forsyth on 0428 166 119 or Liz Fox on 0428 920 374

Children and Parenting Support

Works with young parents and their children by providing group activities, day programs as well as support and referral to other services.