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Family Conflict & Separation

We offer a range of services to help families maintain positive relationships and to minimise negative impacts on children during conflict and separation.

Family Dispute Resolution – Geraldton

The Family Relationship Centre provides “Family Dispute Resolution” to enable children to have a positive ongoing relationship with both parents.  Through this process we assist parents to reduce their conflicy and to reach agreement in how to co-parent their children.

WHAT THIS SERVICE PROVIDES

Family Relationship Centre is a source of information and confidential assistance for families at all stages in their lives. The Family Relationship Centre has a focus on providing family dispute resolution (mediation) to enable separating families to achieve workable parenting arrangements outside the Court system.

Whether you are going through separation, starting a relationship, want to make your relationship stronger, or having relationship difficulties, the Family Relationship Centre can help. We believe all people should be safe in their relationships so where Family Violence has occurred, we will support you to link in to appropriate services.

Where families separate, the Family Relationship Centre can provide information, resources, group sessions, referrals and dispute resolution to help people reach agreement on parenting arrangements without going to court.

The Family Relationship Centre can also support families to strengthen relationships or deal with relationship difficulties through provision of information and referrals to appropriate services in your area.

WHO THIS IS TYPICALLY FOR

All families, whether you are starting a relationship, wanting to make your relationship stronger, having difficulties or are separated.

The Family Relationship Centre will help you focus on your children’s needs and will help you access services that can strengthen family relationships. Even separated families can be strong families.

WHAT THIS SERVICE ENTAILS

After registering with this service, you will be provided with an appointment time for a one-on-one session with a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner / Family Advisor.

During your one-on-one appointment, you will have the opportunity to explain your family matter so that together we can consider options for pathways which might best suit your family. Appropriate pathways may or may not include family dispute resolution. Legal advice through separation is often important and we can help link you in to this.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Fees apply as below.

  • Holders of a Health/Pension Card are exempt from all fees.
  • Family income under $55,000 – receive two free sessions of Family Dispute Resolution and the third session will be $30
  • Family income over $55,000 – fees will be $30 for first session of Family Dispute Resolution, second and third session of Family Dispute Resolution will be $60

If you are experiencing financial hardship please raise this issue at your Intake and Assessment Appointment.

FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This programme is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Social Services.


Children’s Contact Service – Geraldton

Enables children of separated parents to have a safe contact with the parent they do not live with.

WHAT THIS SERVICE PROVIDES

Where separated parents are experiencing high levels of conflict, Children’s Contact Service ensures the safe transfer of children from one parent to another and manages supervised visits so that each parent can spend time with their children.

WHO THIS IS TYPICALLY FOR

Help children from separated families establish or maintain a relationship with the parent they do not live with.

WHAT THIS SERVICE ENTAILS

Each party arrives and leaves at staggered times by separate entry and exits. Supervisors facilitate transfer of children from one parent to another.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Where necessary, the court can direct you to Children’s Contact Service for supervised visits.

  • Attending and completing Staying Connected is a compulsory component when engaging with the Children’s Contact Service.
  • Fee structure is based on your income and is also assessed on each individual case starting at $5 per hour.

FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This programme is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Social Services.


Staying Connected – Geraldton and via Telephone

To assist separated parents to explore healthy ways to communicate with each other, for the benefit of their children.

WHAT THIS SERVICE PROVIDES

Staying Connected is a workshop for separated parents focussing on the wellbeing of their children, themselves as parents and exploring better ways to communicate with the other parent.

WHO THIS IS TYPICALLY FOR

Staying Connected helps separated parents have strong, healthy relationship with their children. This workshop is for separated parents, step parents or other caregivers of the children in a separated family. Each parent or caregiver attends the workshop separately.

WHAT THIS SERVICE ENTAILS

This 3 hour, one off workshop helps parents to:

  • Understand the effects of family separation on children
  • Understand the impact of parental conflict on children
  • Improve communication with the other parent
  • Be a more effective parent

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Staying Connected is offered via telephone for persons outside of the Geraldton area when required.

If our course schedule doesn’t suit you, individual session times may be negotiated.

We are also able to facilitate Aboriginal Building Connections.

Attending and completing Staying Connected is a compulsory component when engaging with the Children’s Contact Service or Family Dispute Resolution through the Family Relationship Centre.

FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This programme is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Office.

Family & Relationship Counselling – Geraldton, Kalbarri, Carnarvon and Exmouth

To assist individuals, couples and families, including children, with family relationships issues at all stages, (including marriage, separation and divorce), parenting and the care of children.[/text_output]

Visit our Counselling page for more information.

Post Separation Cooperative Parenting Counselling – Geraldton

To assist highly conflicted parents in regional areas manage their conflicts in the child’s best interests.

WHAT THIS SERVICE PROVIDES

Post Separation Cooperative Parenting services help separated parents who are fighting, learn how parental conflict affects children and how to focus on the needs of the children.

WHO THIS IS TYPICALLY FOR

To assist highly conflicted parents in regional areas manage their conflicts in the child’s best interests

WHAT THIS SERVICE ENTAILS

The programme is aimed at both parents individually and is helpful even if only one parent attends. The service provides a short educational seminar, counselling and individual support as appropriate to each case.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

In some cases, families in high conflict may be referred by the courts to these services.

There is a fee based on income starting at $5 for those on a Centrelink Benefit.

FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This programme is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Social Services.


Straight Talk Wiribarndi Wangga – Geraldton

Supports Aboriginal women who are feeling the effects of living in an unhealthy relationship.

WHAT THIS SERVICE PROVIDES

To provide support and education to victims of Domestic and Family Violence and to empower them to engage with different agencies to address their needs.

WHO THIS IS TYPICALLY FOR

Indigenous and non-indigenous women in collaboration with the Barndimalgu Court, Victim Support Service and Centacare  who have been victims of Domestic and Family Violence.

WHAT THIS SERVICE ENTAILS

The programme goes for 7 weeks covering topics such as the Barndimalgu Court Process, Indigenous Family Violence Programme, self-talk and the benefits of counselling, violence and substance abuse and much more.  This programme is facilitaed by our Aboriginal Community Advocate and guest speakers.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Straight Talk is held at Rangeway Child & Parent Centre, the programme is held during school terms.


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