Family & Child

The current global climate and the impact of the pandemic has exacerbated everyday stresses in our homes and has led many families to experience an emotional and/or financial breakdown.

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Seeking Assistance

JewishCare’s individual and family support programs assist people who are in vulnerable situations, with a professional, non-judgmental and client-centred approach.

Clients are first assessed and case managed by JewishCare’s professional and qualified staff. A case plan of agreed goals will be developed in collaboration with the individual or family to offer the most appropriate services which will best meet their needs.

We can assist with challenges such as:

  • Family breakdown and stress
  • Domestic violence
  • Social isolation
  • Visa issues
  • Financial crisis and job loss
  • Chronic or acute physical Illness
  • Substance abuse and other addictions (gambling, gaming, hoarding).
  • Depression and mental health issues
  • Parenting difficulties, including parents with learning difficulties
  • Parenting of children with special needs, learning difficulties, twice-exceptional diagnoses and gifted children.

Range of Services

JewishCare provides professional, confidential and connected support to help you achieve your objectives. Once you have connected with and assessed by one of our Caseworkers, we can then support you with the most relevant services, which may include:

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Assistance and advocacy

With navigating government and non-government organisations such as My Gov, Centrelink, Immigration, Housing NSW, NDIA/S, FACS, State Debt Recovery Office, Australian Taxation Office and Corrective Services NSW (FJA).

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In-home support

Aimed at assisting with overcoming crisis situations and providing respite care, eliminating social isolation, skill-building for parenting and child care skills and increasing the self-esteem of children and adults.

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Hardship assistance

Providing funding for bills, debts, dental bills, food parcels, Work and Development Orders, and other financial supports.

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Referrals

To other sources of specialist support. This may include temporary and short-term accommodation, psychologists, psychiatrists, dentists, and other allied health professionals from our team of Affiliated Professionals, as well as government support, etc.

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Community education

Where appropriate staff will encourage families to engage in short courses on relevant issues, such as parenting young children and teenagers, post-separation courses for parents who are experiencing high levels of conflict.

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Parent seminars

Expert and interactive sessions aimed at supporting parents and carers to navigate topics pertinent to young people. Previous seminars have been presented on topics such as cyber safety, building confident and resilient adolescents and promoting positive body image in young people.

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Support groups

The program runs regular groups on topics including domestic violence, parents with special needs, parenting children with special needs, grandparents as carers, groups for children and teenagers. a men’s group, a single parent group, a group for parents of children with ADHD.

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Grief Counselling

Including loss from death of a loved one as well as loss resulting from miscarriage.

  • Serious accident or deterioration in health
  • End of life/palliative issues

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Domestic Violence
Counselling and Support

For support/advice or information on anything related to Family support please contact the Family Services team on:

Youth Services

The Youth Services offers a range of support options for children and young people in the Jewish community. They are dedicated to helping to support people to reach their potential, develop their confidence to manage life’s challenges and feel valued and respected as members of our community. Programs offered include:

Casework Support

Our trained professional staff provide a range of practical and emotional support for young people. This can include assistance with employment, housing, finances as well as access to clinical support and where appropriate, referral to other organisations or resources.

Practical and Emotional Support

Our trained professional staff work with young people to identify goals they would like to work towards and provide encouragement and support to work towards these goals. This includes support with accessing employment and housing assistance, financial assistance, emotional support and referral to external services.

Big Brother Big Sister

This program links children aged 11-15 years with a volunteer ‘BIG’ (mentor) for a minimum period of 1 year. Through the friendship, trust and support of an older, positive role model, children have the opportunity to develop their confidence and self-esteem, gain new skills and new experiences, and know they have someone they can talk to and trust, outside of their network of family and friends.

Young Adult Mentoring

This program links young adults aged 15-30 years with a volunteer mentor for a minimum period of six months. Through the connection with a mentor, a young person can work toward personal, study or work goals. A mentor can be seen as a brain to pick, a listening ear, or an encouraging push in the right direction.

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