Family Support Network offers the below programs for parents & carers in the Lismore area of NSW, for free.
Our Summary of Services brochure is downloadable Summary_Of_Our_Services_2021.pdf
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Parenting Groups can help you build a positive relationship with your child, understand what motivates their behaviour and improve parent-child communication.
All our groups are free of charge, contact us or phone 02 66212489 to register.
Please join our mailing list so we can email you about upcoming events including groups in Nimbin or other locations.
We offer a range of Parenting Groups each school term, including Triple P, 123 Magic, Bringing Up Great Kids and Tuning In To Kids. You can download our 470kB Summary_Of_Parenting_Groups.pdf here. Groups start again online in February 2022.
What parents are saying about our Parenting Groups:
“I have learned how to listen to my children. I have made different choices as a Dad.
Counting and time out are working well.”
“We got positive feedback and validation about our parenting and will continue working with what we have learned.”
What is the Start Together Program?
This new program offers support for parents of children 0-3 years old to help them achieve their developmental milestones. Start Together focuses on each family's strengths, capabilities and skills. Our Start Together team share knowledge, ideas, activities on:
- Ways parents and carers can provide exciting, inexpensive educational experiences for babies and children
- Using everyday experiences as learning opportunities
- What to look for and expect as children grow and develop
- Ways to help children develop a love of books and stories
- Setting realistic limits for children's behaviours
- Our Baby Group is running in Lismore & Nimbin Bring your baby up to 12 months old, meet other parents and share your experiences. Share our activities that encourage baby's development and early learning through play.
Lismore Young Ones Group runs during school term on Thursday, 1pm to 3pm at 41 Wilson Street, South Lismore. We invite caregivers to attend with their children up to 3 years of age. Our poster 400 kB PDF file is linked Here.
Nimbin Babies Group runs 10am to noon on Tuesday during school term, at Nimbin Family Centre, 81 Cullen Street, Nimbin.
More detail about Start Together is available in the 1.1Mb attached Start_Together_Brochure_2019.pdf
Provides parenting support, education, home visits, group programs, information, resources, advocacy and referral for families in Lismore local government area with dependent children 0-17 years old. Our Family Workers recognise the uniqueness of each family and offers emotional and practical assistance to families seeking extra support and information to strengthen and maintain parenting and family relationships.
Read more: Child Youth & Family Support Program
Playgroups are temporarily on hold due to COVID restrictions
You can find us on Facebook (link above) to join our online zoom sessions talking about Early Childhood and parenting Wednesday mornings 10-11am in November & December 2021.
Read more: South Lismore Playgroups
Our Nimbin Family Centre offers an informal, safe, child friendly space for families with children 0-5 years in the Nimbin area to: meet with other families, obtain parenting information, and support each other. Our Playgroups in Nimbin are temporarily suspended in Term 4 2021 due to COVID Restrictions.
Join our South Lismore friends: https://www.facebook.com/southlismore.playgroup talking about Early Childhood and parenting Wednesday mornings 10-11am in November & December 2021.
Read more: Nimbin Playgroups
Family Group Conferencing is a family-focused, strengths based form of alternative dispute resolution that strengthens partnerships between Dept of Communities & Justice (formerly FaCS) and families and encourages greater family decision making and responsibility. As part of the NSW Child Protection Legislative Reforms proclaimed in 2014, FGC was implemented by FACS through a staged roll out in all districts.
FGC aims to :
• Empower parents and families in making decisions to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people at risk of significant harm, through
the development and implementation of a Family Plan.
• Improve outcomes for children and young people by providing them and their extended family with a stronger voice in decisions about their care.
• Maintain children in the care of family where possible by including extended family in the FGC process.
Benefits of FGC
• FGC involves extended family members, provides opportunities to identify family placements and for children and young people to be placed within the family network.
• It also can be used across the child protection system as early intervention during case planning following a safety and risk assessment, through to looking at restoration when a child is in out-of-home care. However, as part of the governments Safe Home for Life reforms they are seeking to use it as early as possible in the child protection continuum.
• FGC also demonstrates respect for families and their views and builds on the strengths of the family to facilitate change which provides safety for children and young people.
Outcomes of FGC
• Fewer children and young people are likely to enter out-of-home care, and where a child does need to come into care to keep them safe a greater number are placed with family.
• Family Plans which improve child safety are developed and implemented with families at an earlier stage in the child protection system.
• Reduced frequency and time spent by families and caseworkers with the court system.
• Supporting consideration of restoration as a permanent placement option as early as possible.
• Improved family engagement with FaCS.
• Provides information, engagement and collaboration with other services that can provide support to the family.
• Shared decision making and responsibility for implementing a family plan.
Family Group Conferencing has been recently been introduced within the context of the broader FaCS Care and Protection Practice Framework and Practice Standards.
The FGC model is based on the New Zealand model however participation of parents and families is voluntary. The FGC process consists of five important stages:
3. The Conference
4. Implementation of the Plan
5. Review of the Plan
The conference (stage 3) includes three significant components to the FGC model, which are:
• Introductions and information sharing
• Private family time, where the Family Plan is developed by the family
• Presentation, negotiation and agreement to the Family Plan
Family Support Network has a number of professional, trained FGC facilitators who can facilitate a conference for you on a fee for service basis.
If you wish to discuss having a conference please contact us and we will be happy to discuss this in more detail. or use the attached Referral Form, a 1.5MB Word document.
FSN is pleased to announce that we are now offering a customised Family Support Service (on a fee for service basis) called the Tailored Family Support Program.
This service is available in the Richmond River, Kyogle, Ballina, and Lismore LGAs as well as certain parts of the Byron LGA. This service is primarily intended for the more complex cases similar to those of the existing EIPP Family Intensive Services. However it can be scaled back to suit client needs.
The service has been developed in response to a gap that exists locally in service delivery between the low needs services such as Child Youth & Family Support and the abovementioned Family Intensive Services. This service is guided by FSN’s recently developed Pro Active Case Management Framework, and can be tailored to the particular needs of the clients in terms of transport requirements, visits to specialist services and the like.
The usual practices such as intake, client assessment, goal setting and case reviews are all part of the service. In addition detailed reports can be provided in formats specific to the needs of your agency. You can determine and control costs by setting the amount of hours spent with the client as well as frequency of service. We can work with clients for as long -or short- a period as you (the purchaser) feels necessary.
A typical example of how the service would work:
- The service would commence with an initial meeting with a FaCS representative and/or client to discuss the client’s needs.
- FSN staff will then do our own intake and assessment (based on our Strengths and Needs Tool).
- FSN will then develop a case plan.
- FSN will then commence activities such as home visiting and referrals. The frequency and length of home visiting can be by agreement with FaCS.
- FSN will carry out referrals to other services where required and provide logistical support such as transport.
- FSN will then conduct a case review.
- FSN will also develop an exit plan when the time is right. This could include a step down to a less intensive service.
For more information or to arrange Tailored Family Support, please contact Helen at Family Support Network on 6621 2489.