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Stronger Families offers intensive, longer term, whole-of-family case support and specialist services to enable children, who are at imminent risk of being placed in care for the first time, to remain at home with their parents or to support their return home to their parents' care when it safe to do so.

The service aims to work with families to address underlying issues and build the capacity of parents to safely care for their children.  The service allocates a dedicated Family Worker from a multi-disciplinary team to each family for up to 12 months, providing a therapeutic assessment, co-ordination of a Family Action Plan, as well as case work and practical support.

Key elements of the service include ensuring families have access to flexible funding to deliver on the agreed goals of the Family Action Plan, as well as timely access to specialist services they may need, this may include therapeutic support, intensive in-home support, youth support and family mediation.

Stronger Families is delivered in partnership with Mallee District Aboriginal Services who are the providers of an Aboriginal Stronger Families service.

Stronger Families has a focus on vulnerable children aged 0-2 years, 10-15 years as well as Aboriginal children (of all ages to 17 years), and their families.

Mallee Family Care will accept referrals for Aboriginal children and their families who choose to engage with a mainstream service (families with children of all ages to 17 years).

All referred children will be involved with Child Protection and referrals all come from Child Protection.


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