Families come in all shapes and sizes: single parents, parents who have adopted or are fostering children, blended families, rainbow and same-sex families, and families from different cultural backgrounds.

Some parents may face particular challenges such as having a disability, mental illness or substance abuse issues. Other parents may find that being much younger or older than the average parent can pose particular issues.

The good news is that no matter what kind of family you have there are excellent resources on the Raising Children Network including specialist support agencies, advice from experts and videos of parents like you sharing their experience. Explore the excellent information for families and professionals on the Raising Children Network

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is a state-wide Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation supporting children, young people, families and community members. They deliver over 50 programs including those focussed on supporting the early years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Culturally and linguistically diverse families

For newcomers to Australia it can be quite daunting to navigate all the different systems for supporting and educating their children in Australia.

Some families may face language barriers while others may be fluent in English but still have their own cultural way of doing things and approach to raising children.

  • The Raising Children Network has resources available in languages other than English as well as videos of migrant parents sharing their experiences. 
  • The Migrant Information Centre assists newly arrived refugees and family stream migrants to successfully settle in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Their services include multicultural playgroups and parenting programs.

Council services for languages other than English

Rainbow families

Rainbow families are made up of parents, carers and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, gender diverse or intersex and their children.

Contact us

To find out more about how Council supports diverse families, email our Social Inclusion and Policy Officer: [email protected].


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