Catholic Welfare says relationship centres good news for families

The Executive Director of Catholic Welfare Australia said families will be the big winners under new family counselling arrangements announced yesterday.

In January, the Federal Government announced that 65 centres across the country will enforce rules that compel couples to attend three-hour counselling sessions before seeking to end their relationship in the Family Court system.

Speaking at the launch in Canberra, Mr Frank Quinlan said the new services will encourage better communication and keep people out of the courts.

"People need counselling, support and mediation, not lawyers, litigation and judgements," Mr Quinlan said.

Catholic Welfare, through its Centacare agencies, will be involved in four of the 15 available locations to provide services to families through new Family Relationship Centres in Hobart, Townsville, Canberra/Goulburn and Melbourne.

Mr Quinlan said that the announcement yesterday acknowledges Catholic Welfare's expertise in counselling and its "readiness to serve people in more regional parts of Australia."

"Our agencies are known and respected in their local communities and will continue to provide services in areas that larger providers often find less attractive," he said.

"The Family Relationship Centres will provide support for couples before and during marriage and will help separating couples focus on the interests of children through mediation rather than litigation," Mr Quinlan said.

New relationship centres are good news for families (Catholic Welfare Australia 4/4/06)

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5 Apr 2006