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Launch of the Mirrabooka Family Support Network

Disadvantaged and vulnerable families in the Mirrabooka region now have access to a broader range of integrated support thanks to an innovative new service that was launched on Wednesday 1 October.

The new Mirrabooka Family Support Network (MFSN), funded by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support (CPFS), is a collaborative partnership between local service providers, with MercyCare taking the lead role, and will provide coordinated support services for individuals and families facing a range of issues.

Minister for Child Protection Helen Morton joined MercyCare Chief Executive Officer Chris Hall and partner organisations at the official launch of the MSFN.

The MFSN targets people requiring secondary family support services, particularly vulnerable children, young people and families, who often require comprehensive and intensive services to meet a range of complex needs. Services will be delivered to individuals and families as an early intervention strategy to enable them to thrive safely in the community.

The MFSN Alliance Manager Jill Ashcroft said the Network, which has been operating since mid-May, will assist individuals and families to connect more easily with appropriate services to overcome their challenges and support their varied needs.

“The MFSN provides linkages to a wide variety of relevant partner and community organisations delivering extensive secondary services. These cover individuals, families and children providing such assistance as, educational support, counselling, family dispute resolution, financial, legal and drug and alcohol support,” she said.

“It’s a voluntary self-referring initiative, so if people need some help or have any issues they can contact the MSFN to access some support before anything reaches crisis point.

MercyCare Chief Executive Officer Chris Hall said the MFSN will fill a much-needed gap in the community, to support individuals and families, in some cases aiming to circumvent the need for CPFS intervention.

“By bringing together a number of organisations and services the MFSN aims to ensure accessing support is a streamlined and non-daunting process for those in our community who really need help,” he said.

The partner organisations in the Family Support Network are: Ruah, Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre, Edmund Rice Centre, Centrecare, CLAN WA, CPFS, Incest Survivors Association, Anglicare, Parkerville, Wanslea, Derbarl Yerrigan and the Mirrabooka Parenting Services Forum.