ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA: Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment, Training & Support

Kids in Focus

KIDS IN FOCUS

Kids in Focus is a service funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services. It is a specialist child, parenting and family support service for highly vulnerable families where a parent has an alcohol and/or other drug problem. Odyssey House provides this service free of charge.

About

From 2002 to 2009 Odyssey House Victoria undertook two projects to develop models of care for families where parents had a substance use problem. The resulting model is a family centred approach that emphasises the safety and wellbeing of children in addition to parenting and family support. The success of the two projects led to Odyssey House Victoria being awarded the contract to provide the Kids in Focus services.

Kids in Focus capacity building and services for professionals

  • Secondary consultation though telephone advice and support, offering assistance with immediate problem solving and information and skills development
  • Opportunities for professional development and training
  • Resources and information via the Odyssey House Victoria website

Target group

  • Parents who have current or past substance dependence problems
  • Parents with children in their care or working towards reunification
  • Parents with one or more children between the ages of 0-12

Cost

This is a free service.

Kids in Focus services include

  • Information and support
  • Home based parenting education and support
  • Counselling and case management
  • Recreational and therapeutic groups for children and their families
  • Child and family activities to enhance social connections
  • Facilitated access to rehabilitation
  • Post natal follow up and support
  • Ante natal care through our partnership with the Royal Women’s Hospital WADS program
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