Real change starts at home

We believe in acting early, and giving families the right support before things get out of hand. The longer problems at home aren't resolved, the harder they are to fix. And when things get tough for parents, the reality is, it affects our children the most. With your help, we can keep acting early and provide support when it will make the most difference for the kids and families we work with every day.

Jamie's story

Jamie was born with foetal alcohol syndrome. When we first met him, he wasn’t speaking at all and had been reported to child protection authorities. His counsellor believed he had selective muteness due to his shy nature and the trauma he had experienced as an infant in a violent and unstable household. Jamie and his sister Sienna were placed in the care of their grandmother, Patricia, as her home was a safer place for the siblings to live in. Patricia welcomed her two grandchildren and also looked after two young children of her own. She single-handedly took on the financial and emotional care of her extended family. Patricia is a great mother but she knew she needed more help for little Jamie to find his voice. That’s when she turned to us.

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Our Story

We're Australia's first charity. We're a not-for-profit and non-religious organisation and we've helped people, families and communities achieve positive change for 200 years.

We help kids and families thrive, we help people with mental health and wellbeing challenges and we also support older people to live at home safely and confidently.

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