FRC – Post Separation Cooperative Parenting

Parental separation is a difficult and emotional time for parents. Matters such as finances and housing often need to be reassessed and these issues add to the already heightened conflict of separation.

Parents sitting either side of a sad child
Amidst the upheaval and heightened emotions, it can be easy to overlook the impact of separation on children, with parents often unprepared to support their children effectively during this time.

The Post Separation Cooperative Parenting Program assists separated parents by educating them on the special needs of their children during separation and equips them with skills and strategies to reduce conflict and improve communication, with a view to shifting their focus from parental conflict to the needs of the children.

The Post Separation Cooperative Parenting Program can be accessed by all separated parents seeking to learn skills to improve communication, reduce conflict and support their children.

It is also designed to complement the Family Dispute Resolution Service (Mediation). The Children in Focus Information Session (detailed below) is a required pre-requisite to mediation at the Mount Gambier Family Relationship Centre.

The Post Separation Cooperative Parenting program consists of the following:

  • Children in Focus Information Session (approximately 3 hours) – a one-off information session with a focus on looking after yourself in the stress of separation, reducing conflict, improving communication and supporting children emotionally.The session is run in small groups of 2 – 6 parents.There is a small income-based attendance fee, which may be waived in cases of hardship.
  • Individual case management – working individually with a case manager to work on issues specific to your situation (this support can be ongoing with no further fees required after attending the Children in Focus Information Session).
  • Support to prepare for mediation – for mediation clients only, following attendance of the Children in Focus Information Session, and requiring at least one appointment before mediation.
    Separated parents may no longer be partners, but they will always be parents

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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