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

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. We provides this service free of charge. Odyssey House Victoria is committed to child safety and is a child safe organisation.

Service updates

Due to current restrictions, Odyssey community services are operating with some modifications.


  • Kids in Focus is open for referrals with reduced capacity and are continuing to work with clients via phone and web, including identifying resources and material aid.


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


This is a free service.

Contact Kids in Focus

Please send all inquiries to KIFReferrals@odyssey.org.au.

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
Kids in Focus


To complete a referral, please follow these instructions:

  1. Download the referral form here
  2. Open the form in Acrobat Reader (*do not use your browser to fill the form)
  3. Fill in the required fields
  4. Save the file and attach in an email to KIFReferrals@odyssey.org.au.

Alternatively, you can print the form out, fill it in and fax to 9425 9537.

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