Our HOPE program provides early intervention services to vulnerable mothers between the ages of 16-25 years who have seriously complex needs and are pregnant or have a child under the age of two.
Children born into abusive and unstable homes are at a high risk of becoming pregnant at a young age and are more likely to provide the same unhealthy environment for their own children. This is due to no fault of their own, but a lack of education available to them, and without any intervention the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage will continue.
We need your help to extend our program to include the partners of our young mums during this important time in their lives.
We have many young families, like Karen, Josh and Amber who need your help to raise their children in a safe and loving environment.
When Karen fell pregnant she was 16 years old, living in a women’s refuge centre, and a heavy ice user.
“I had a feeling I was pregnant, because every time I was smoking I would feel really sick. My stomach really hurt, but I thought it was just the stuff I was having."
"Before I had Amber, I used to not be a good person. I was in so deep and I used to hang around with people I shouldn’t have even known. I was on it (ice) for one and a half years and it took me to have a baby to realise I needed to pull up. I just knew I had to stop!” - Karen
But we can’t do it without your help.
“If I didn’t have the HOPE program to help me find accommodation and get on my feet, Amber could have been taken away from me. The program provided the support I needed for everything in life. For me, for Amber, the house. And I know I can call someone if I feel stressed or need help.” - Karen
Please help us ensure babies are given the best opportunities in life, and don't fall into the unfortunate cycle of disadvantage.