Barnardos Australia believes that many children become abused and neglected when parents do not have the resources to raise children. They are often stressed by  poverty, social isolation, mental illness, violence in families or drug and alcohol usage.

Our Family Support programs provide information, support and practical assistance with child rearing, childcare and problem solving. All programs are aimed at improving the quality of life for children and their families.

Through our South Coast centre we offer the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in the Warrawong area. This is a home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment program which empowers parents to be their children's first teacher and fosters parental involvement in school and community life.

We also run regular parenting programs at our Penrith Children's Family centre. For more information call  (02) 4729 1211.

For other areas of NSW please see our locations to find services available in your local area. Or you can contact our NSW Family Referral Services or the Barnardos Canberra centre.