Parenting - Young Parents

Everyone needs support!

Having a baby is a big job and changes life in a massive way. These changes can be wonderful and rewarding, but they may also involve making some difficult choices. As a parent, you tend to spend more time at home with your baby and less time with your friends. Financially, having a baby to feed and clother may strain your budget and mean giving up things you want. This may be tough and so it's important to work through any concerns and get support for yourself and your baby. Parenting is one of the most important and challenging things you will ever do but you don't have to cope alone.

The services below are available to help young mums and dads with any questions, concerns and struggles related to parenting.

Starting Out

What: A community-based support program for young pregnant and parenting women up to the age of 25 years, their children and partners. provides a range of services including pregnancy counselling, information, support groups, peer support, supported accomodation, help with legal, financial, childcare, employment, and education.

Where: Connections: 5 Pitt Street, Ringwood
Office Hours: Mon to Fri 9am- 5pm
Cost: Free for general services. Supported accomodation is 25% of total income.
Phone: 9871 0233

Parentzone

What: Resources, support groups, and helpful courses for parents who are facing challenges with young children and teenagers.
Where: Anglicare: 666 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater
Duty Times: Mon to Fri, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Some courses have a fee
Phone: 9721 3646

Playgroup Victoria

What: Help locating a playgroup in your area and support and resources to start a new playgroup.
Phone: 1800 171 882
Web: www.playgroup.org.au

Further Help

Parentline - Victoria

What: A statewide anonymous telephone counselling service to parents and carers of children aged from birth to eighteen years; Professional counsellors can also assist with information and referral on parenting issues
When: 8am - Midnight 7 days a week
Phone: 13 22 89
Web: www.parentline.vic.gov.au/‎

 

Web:

www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au - Health topics
www.youngmummies.org - Online community for young mums
www.parentingideas.com.au - Advice and articles