Lismore Neighbourhood Centre


Connecting Families

Funded by the Department of Social Services the Connecting Families Program (CFP) utilises case management, coordination and integration, service support, counselling and group programs to facilitate family support structures that produce positive short and long term developmental outcomes for children and young people.

Connecting Families uses a strengths-based approach in working with children and families and uniquely seeks to engage with fathers. The model offers home visits and coordinated referral and access to specialist services and utilises. Family Support case managers, child support coordinators, counsellors and psychologists to work with clients via the creation of a Positive Engagement Plan and assist them to access specialist services and positive community activities.

Connecting Families staff use the Parents Under Pressure model to deliver this service. The Parents Under Pressure Program has been developed by Professor Sharon Dawe, Griffith University and Dr Paul Harnett, University of Queensland. It is a program designed for families with many challenges including parental mental health and wellbeing problems, social isolation, risk of child maltreatment and parental substance abuse amongst other difficulties. The program is home based and is attachment-informed with a key component to help parents develop loving and nurturing relationships with their children. The staff at Northern Rivers Community Gateway are undergoing training to deliver this program under the guidance of Griffith University. Further information on the Parents Under Pressure program can be obtained from and inquiries about referrals to this service can be made to Michelle Renshaw, Connecting Families Case Manager, ph: 02 6643 4726 or mobile: 0417 580 956 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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