Catholic agencies win family centre contracts

Catholic Social Services (CSS) has welcomed news that Catholic welfare agencies will be involved in 13 of the 25 new Family Relationship Centres announced by the Federal Government yesterday.

CSS Australia Executive Director Frank Quinlan said the announcement
further acknowledges the agencies long established track record for professional expertise in counselling and mediation.

"Catholic agencies have been providing services to communities in regional and metropolitan Australia for 50 years," Mr Quinlan said.

"Our agencies have developed close ties with their local communities and are well placed to deliver these new services which will benefit not only local families, but the whole community.

"It's encouraging to see so many of these centres being established in regional areas which so often miss out on essential services.

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

The Catholic agencies will be involved in services in Bankstown, Dubbo, Gosford, Parramatta and Tamworth in New South Wales; Broadmeadows and Shepparton in Victoria; Bundaberg, Chermside, Mackay and Toowoomba in Queensland; and Adelaide and Mt Gambier in South Australia.

Most agencies will provide services in partnership with other providers as part of a consortium.

Catholic Social Services Australia provides social services to over a million Australians each year.

Catholic agencies continue their long tradition of service to Australian families(Press release 17/01/08)

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18 Jan 2008