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Support after separation

Support after separation

Bethany provides a range of services to support all family members following a separation.

Supporting children after separation program 

Going through a separation can be a stressful, sad and confusing time. Children often have feelings of guilt, anxiety, sadness, loss and anger when their parents separate.

Bethany Community Support works with children aged from four to 18 years. We provide counselling to help children:

  • talk about family issues and explore their feelings
  • understand the changes in their family unit
  • manage their relationships with family
  • develop skills to deal with the challenges of separation

We offer specific parenting programs listed below. Counselling for all family members can also be provided. Learn about our family relationship counselling service.

If you’re experiencing challenges with your ex-partner to manage contact with your children, you might consider Bethany’s supervised contact services.

How to access this service

Call us during business hours on (03) 5278 8122 

Frequently asked questions

Are these costs involved in this program?

No, our support after separation program is free.  

Do I need a court order to access this service?

No, all families can access this service by contacting Bethany directly.  

Do I need my ex-partner’s support to access the Supporting Children after Separation program?

Both parents must give consent for their child to attend this program. One parent cannot access this program without the other parent’s consent. The Family Court of Australia requires that this condition be met.  

Further resources

Family Relationship Service

The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.

The Lookout provides information, resources and services aimed at preventing and responding to family violence.

1800 RESPECT is Australia’s national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. Call toll free on 1800 737 732.

Your situation is unique, but you don’t need to struggle alone. We are here to help.