Family Support

Information about the range of parenting programs and family services can be found on our Centre’s Information page.

Family services program

In some Children’s Centres, Family Services Coordinators are available to connect families with services and support families to learn more about parenting and child development

Family Services Coordinators do this by providing:

  • Group programs for children on social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Group programs on parenting, relationships, social and emotional wellbeing and trauma.
  • A referral point for many issues affecting families.
  • Counselling to help with parenting issues, feelings and behaviours
  • Targeted Playgroups for parents and carers including Aboriginal families, dads and grandparents, new arrivals, refugees, teenage parents, foster carers, family day care educators, first time mums and children with disabilities.
Parenting programs

As a parent you have the primary role of guiding and nurturing your child’s development and helping them grow and learn. Children’s Centres support you with this vital role by working with other organisations to offer a range of parenting programs.

These programs focus on parenting skills and child development and include early literacy, attachment, food, nutrition and exercise, and caring for children’s sensory, social and emotion, cognitive development as well as any learning and health needs.

Information about the range of parenting programs and family services available at Forbes can be found on our what’s on calendar.

Support for parents and carers

Parenting is a rewarding yet challenging role. At times every parent needs help. The following is a list of other services that might help you or someone you know.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services

The Aboriginal Health Service provides advice for Aboriginal people of all ages about health services and programs including links to community groups and health care centres

Alcohol and drug Information Service

The Alcohol and Drug Information Service offers a 24 hour confidential telephone counselling service. Phone 1300 131 340

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue helps with depression and anxiety

Child Abuse Report Line

The Child Abuse Report Line is a 24 hour report line. Phone 131478

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services confidential therapy services for children, young people and their families who are having difficulties in emotional, behavioural and/or social areas of their lives

Child and Family Health Centres

To make an appointment at your local Child and Family Health Centre
phone 1300 733 606

Disability Services

Disability Services  provide a range of specialist community and accommodation services to people with disability, and their families and carers.

The Domestic Violence Helpline

The Domestic Violence helpline provides a free 24 hour helpline offering counselling, support, information and referrals. Phone 1800 800 098

Financial Counselling and Support

Uniting Communities services are free, independent and confidential. Their financial counsellors are non-judgmental, qualified professionals and provide information, support and advocacy to people in financial difficulty.

Health Direct

Health Direct is a 24 hour call centre for non urgent health advice. Phone 1800 022 222

Housing SA

Housing SA provides housing and accommodation options including emergency and crisis accommodation, accessible and community housing, and public housing and rental assistance

Medicines and Drug Information Centre

The Medicines and Drug Information Centre provides information on using medicines in pregnancy, while breastfeeding or for children.
Phone (08) 8161 7222

Parenting SA

Parenting SA offers parents support in all aspects of parenting and provides information about resources available

Parent Easy Guides

Parent Easy Guides contain simple, easy-to-read information on many of the issues faced by parents from birth through adolescence

Parent Helpline

The Parent Helpline provides telephone information, counselling and support at any time 7 days a week. Phone 1300 364 100

Raising Children Network

The Raising Children Network provides a complete resource for parenting newborns to teenagers


Quitline provides help to quit smoking. Phone 137 848

Women’s and Children’s Health Network

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network provides practical health and development information for parents, carers and young people