Kinship care

Families come in many shapes and sizes and they all have their unique challenges. We support an inclusive environment where people of all genders and ages, people living with a disability, First Nations people and people from LGBTI and CALD communities feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas; knowing that these will be valued and respected. Our staff are well-informed and sensitive to lived experiences. They understand the complexities and challenges people face when accessing services. We are committed to working with you to understand your needs.

Bethany Community Support’s Kinship Care service helps families where children or young people are cared for by a relative or a close family friend. We provide support and advice by:

  • Listening to carers about the challenges they face in their role
  • Providing advice about support and financial help that may be available
  • Facilitating support groups for kinship carers
  • Helping with the challenges of parenting children who have been dislocated from parents, and  who may have been exposed to trauma
  • Finding camps and holiday programs for children
  • Supporting carers with strategies to take care of themselves
  • Supporting carers in their relationships with the child/ren’s family
  • This is a free service
  • If you are a kinship carer in the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Borough of Queenscliffe, Colac Otway Shire or Corangamite Shire you can call 1300 557 611 for information and advice, or just for a chat
  • Agency staff can also call the 1300 557 611 information and advice line

Nurture Until They Shine is a monthly support group for kinship carers living in Geelong and Colac to meet, socialise and share stories and challenges.

  • The Geelong group meets on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm at Bethany Community Support, 1 Waratah Street, West Geelong
  • The Colac group meets on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm at the Colac CFA, 115b Broomfield Street, Colac
  • This a free service
  • For more information call 1300 557 611