Help to vul­ner­a­ble kids

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS - DASHA KU­PRIENKO

Pro­vid­ing so­cial sup­port ser­vices in Dunedin for 17 years, Angli­can Fam­ily Care is ex­pand­ing to Queen­stown Lakes and Cen­tral Otago to help young fam­i­lies.

Angli­can Fam­ily Care direc­tor Ni­cola Tay­lor was ap­proached by the Min­istry for Vul­ner­a­ble Chil­dren to grow her ser­vices for vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies to Cen­tral Otago and Queen­stown Lakes.

‘‘The rea­son why the gov­ern­ment ap­proached us is be­cause it makes a huge dif­fer­ence to a life of a child and a par­ent.’’

Fam­ily Start is a vol­un­tary ser­vice for preg­nant moth­ers or par­ents of young chil­dren who have con- cerns about how to care for their child or are liv­ing in cir­cum­stances that make it dif­fi­cult for them to be the par­ents they want to be.

The sup­port was pro­vided to young par­ents iso­lated from fam­ily sup­port, with hous­ing is­sues, poverty, health prob­lems, ad­dic­tion or fam­ily vi­o­lence, Tay­lor said.

‘‘You are look­ing at the child at every an­gle re­ally.’’

Angli­can Fam­ily Care get re­fer­rals from mid­wives, how­ever it could take a ‘‘wee while’’ to es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships with health agen­cies at the start.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion would roll out the ser­vices on Oc­to­ber 1 and was look­ing for a team leader and a so­cial worker in Cen­tral Otago.

Angli­can Fam­ily Care direc­tor Ni­cola Tay­lor is bring­ing her ser­vices to Queen­stown Lakes.

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