What the service offers

KidsAreFirst is a post separation support program for parents and children.

Services include group work for parents/caregivers/extended family members; family dispute resolution (mediation) including child inclusive mediation and conflict coaching; and counselling and on-going support for parents.

The parent group provides a safe and supportive space for parents to share their experiences and challenges, insights and wisdom post separation.

We seek to raise awareness about the emotional impact of separation on children, in particular when there is ongoing conflict between the parents. We explore issues such as parental loss and grief, trust and communication, conflict and emotion and the importance of looking after yourself and making balanced reflective decisions for the sake of your children.


KidsAreFirstOnline Our new interactive online program has been designed for parents who wish to reflect on and explore the challenges of parenting in a separated family. It is intended for parents who are preparing for mediation and for parents who cannot access the typical face to face group due to work, distance, or other reasons.

Topics include:

• How do you develop a productive co-parenting relationship?

• What is the impact of separation or divorce on children?

• How do you manage difficult emotions in a positive way?

This online program will take approximately one hour to complete; you will need to have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Participants will receive a certificate on completion.

To register or enquire contact us on (08) 8301 4201 or email us at [email protected]

KidsAreFirst is funded by the Australian Government

Who can access the service

Any separated or divorced parent is welcome to attend the program; as are new partners, grandparents and other significant people involved in the children’s lives.

Common pathways in to the program include a Family Court orders; recommendations from a lawyer, mediator or family assessor; and voluntary self-referral.

Parents always attend separate parenting groups, with additional services such as mediation being optional.

Steps on how to access the service

We are based at Hindmarsh and offer group intake appointments and group programs at Hindmarsh, Salisbury/Elizabeth and Morphett Vale/Trott Park.   Mediation is offered at Hindmarsh.

Clients will attend an intake/assessment interview with one of our case managers or mediators before being registered into a group or starting the mediation process.

To arrange an appointment an initial phone call should be made to the KidsAreFirst Administration officer on 8301 4200.

The costs associated with accessing the KidsAreFirst programs are minimal and concessions are available.