St John of God Young Mother and Baby Program provides accommodation and support to vulnerable young mothers aged 16 to 22. They will help young mothers pregnancy to term and develop essential life skills as a new mother to transition into independent living.
The program offers three stages of support which can each be accessed for a period of up to 12 months:
- accommodation and intensive support during pregnancy and up to the baby’s first birthday
- transitional accommodation and support for young mothers with a child aged up to three years
- outreach support for young mothers who have transitioned to living independently
They can help young mothers if they are:
- homeless or at serious risk of homelessness
- aged 16 to 22 years old
- at least 12 weeks pregnant, confirmed by a general practitioner (GP)
- do not require accommodation for any older siblings
- willing to work towards receiving a wage or obtaining Centrelink payments
- willing to contribute towards their share of rent and utilities – the cost of rent is means tested dependent on income to ensure affordability for all residents
- willing to fully participate in daily activities as agreed in the individual support plan such as school, work (voluntary), courses and counselling
- prepared to abide by the no smoking rule
- no current issues with alcohol and/or substance misuse.
To learn more and make a referral go to St John of God Young Mother and Baby Program