The HOPE program gives young mothers and their babies the support they need to build a brighter future.
Our team specifically helps young women aged 16 to 25 who are pregnant or have a child under two years. They may need assistance with a range of concerns including homelessness, trauma, disability, domestic violence, poor mental health, drug and alcohol issues, and may have been in the out-of-home care system as a child themselves.
Through integrated one-on-one support, we help young mums and their families thrive by supporting them with:
This support is not only important for the young families’ immediate futures but also crucial for the infants in the long term, as research indicates that a safe and supported start to life leads to better health, education and social outcomes throughout life.
HOPE aims to keep families together, avoiding intervention by the justice system, improve child developmental outcomes, break the cycle of generational disadvantage, and to help them thrive, maximising all opportunities for their futures.
With secure housing and the help of our case workers the HOPE mothers can focus on developing their parenting skills, working to heal from trauma and on their educational needs.
Since we began in 2019, we have helped over 180 young families in the Sydney area to stay together and build greater hope for the future but if additional resources were available, we could help so many more. In the next three years, our aim is to support more than 300 young families.
To support this important work, visit catholiccare.org/giveHOPE or make a donation via the link below.