CatholicCare's HOPE program provides vital support to vulnerable mothers 16-25 years who are pregnant or have a child under the age of two. These young mums are often dealing with other complex issues, including mental health concerns as a result of trauma in their lives, homelessness and poverty.

Every mother wants to give their child the best they can. Our HOPE mums are no different. These young women are often from a background of dysfunctional families or the foster care system. Their understanding of how to be a parent is inhibited by their own traumatic lives and the absence of role models for guidance.

HOPE provides long term support for these young families to help them not only survive, but to thrive and to maximise opportunities for their futures.

We support them by providing:

  • Safe, transitional accommodation for up to eighteen months and help to find stable long-term accommodation.
  • Education about child development throughout pregnancy, and early childhood nutrition and parenting strategies.
  • Medical and psychological support to work through issues that affect both mum and bub’s health and wellbeing.
  • Training and workplace assistance to ensure they have the skills to create a stable and secure home life in the future.

The 18-month HOPE program has been developed by parenting and education experts, trauma counsellors, social workers and specialist psychologists at CatholicCare to be a complete wrap-around service that meets the complex needs of each individual family.

Why we need to build HOPE

Safe, stable transitional housing is critical to our HOPE program’s high rate of success. Without the stress of homelessness or fear of having their child put into care, our families can focus on learning and healing. Over the term of the program the young women improve their living skills and build on their knowledge around parenting, which boosts confidence, self-esteem and resilience and their ability to engage in work and study.

Your donation to HOPE will directly help young mothers to thrive and give their babies the best start in life.

For more information about how you can get involved and provide even more assistance, please contact Alison Barry, Executive Manager, Partnerships and Philanthropy at

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