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Catholic Welfare welcomes counselling funds boost

Catholic Welfare Australia says yesterday's $15 million injection of funding into relatinships counselling would help to calm bitter marriage break-ups.

The Federal Government announced yesterday that it will seek to establish 65 community-based family relationship centres aimed at promoting more positive relationship outcomes in the resolution of child custody arrangements following separation.

Catholic Welfare Australia represents 29 Church based organisations - including Centacare agencies - which provide a range of relationship services to families at particularly difficult times in their lives.

"The Government is to be commended for proposing an integrated approach to service delivery where mums, dads and their children will be able to access all the services they need to deal with their family's separation at the same location," said Catholic Welfare Australia chairman Fr Joe Caddy (pictured).

"We look forward to working co-operatively with other services providers in this integrated approach and we are hopeful that with expert assistance and timely information families will manage to stay out of the court system and have a greater control over their own lives."

"Catholic Welfare Australia has always advocated that 'what is in the best interest of the child' should be paramount in any issue surrounding child custody arrangements and whilst we do welcome this announcement it is through this lens that we will be looking at and responding to the Discussion Paper," said Fr Caddy.

Fr Caddy added that the organisation is also pleased to see the Government's strong commitment to other programs such as pre-marriage education, early intervention programs, children's contact services and men's services programs.

Focusing attention on counselling and mediation a great step forward in custody dispute resolution (Catholic Welfare Australia 29/7/04)
30% increase in family relationships funding strengthens Australia's future (Catholic Welfare Australia 29/7/04)

Transcript of the Prime Minister the Hon John Howard MP, Anglicare WA, Perth (29/7/04)
Howard puts a shock absorber on divorce collisions (Sydney Morning Herald 30/7/04)
Church groups back counselling funds (AAP/ 30/7/04)
Editorial: Giving couples a new lifeline (The Australian 30/7/04)
Flawed system all cheques, no balance (The Australian 30/7/04)
Men's groups disappointed by family law overhaul (ABC Radio The World Today 29/7/04)
Catholic Welfare joins call for family services funding boost (CathNews 28/7/04)
Catholic Welfare Australia

30 Jul 2004