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All families need support to meet their own and their children's needs.  Some families need a family support service when they are experiencing difficulties that make them more vulnerable, and impact on their parenting and family life.  Child FIRST and family services are funded by the Department of Human Services to provide support and assistance to vulnerable children, young people and their families where there are concerns about the wellbeing of the child or young person.

Child FIRST (Child and Family Information, Referral and Support Teams) have been established across Victoria to provide an early point into family services.  A referral to Child FIRST may be the best way of connecting vulnerable children, young people and their families to the services they need to protect and promote their healthy development.

Families requiring support from family services generally have a range of needs which can affect a child's development.  Significant concerns about the child's wellbeing and development are highlighted by how often issues are occurring, how serious the issues are and, most importantly, how the issues are affecting the child.

Anyone with concerns for a child or family can make a referral to Child FIRST (1300 625 533).  Referrals can be  made for vulnerable children, young people (0-17 years) and their families, including families with an unborn child.

Mallee Family Care Main Office
Haselgrove House
122 Ninth Street, Mildura VIC 3500
T: (03) 5023 5966
F: (03) 5022 1065
E: Mildura@malleefamilycare.com.au

Marie Schlemme Family Centre
229 Beveridge Street, Swan Hill VIC 3585
T: (03) 5032 4479
F: (03) 5032 4946
E: swanhill@malleefamilycare.com.au

This program is supported by the Victorian Government.

Marjory Felton Centre
3 Scoresby Street, Kerang VIC 3579
T: (03) 5452 2863 
F: (03) 5452 2857
E: swanhill@malleefamilycare.com.au