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The Home & Family parenting service supports parents to develop healthy, secure relationships with their children.

Research confirms that children are better off in the care of their own family. Home & Family is committed to keeping children with their families, while providing parents with the tools to parent successfully.

The House and flats

The residential parenting programme provides 24-hour staffed  accommodation for parents and their children. Referrals are made where out of home placements for the children are being considered or where children are transitioning back into the care of their parents.

Parents participate in positive parenting and life-skills training with qualified social workers to acquire and develop the skills necessary to be nurturing parents and develop secure attachments with their children

Our flats provide a supportive environment for a family to experience independent living while still able to access the support of Home & Family staff.

Parenting assessments

We offer parenting assessments for mothers or fathers parenting alone and for two parent families.

Before we accept a referral, a service agreement is developed with the referrer and we confirm that placement costs will be met.

Parenting Services

Our programme is staffed 24/7 and provides:

  • a safe environment and safety planning when necessary
  • observational assessment
  • structured reporting
  • participation at statutory and case planning meetings
  • social work support and intervention
  • one to one or group education and development of parenting skills/life skills
  • Positive Parenting Programme
  • pro-social modeling and life skills training (social skills). This includes keeping parents close to their child physically, emotionally and cognitively.
  • counselling: access to individual, couple and family counselling services
  • transitional short term placement into a Home & Family flat (if available)
  • transitional support, including inter-agency collaboration, upon planned discharge from service

The assessment may be extended in consultation with the social worker.

For a parenting assessment referral form or further information about the assessments, please contact Sandra Talbot, on: 

Supported Accommodation

We offer short term (up to 6 weeks) accommodation in either our house or flats.

The Parenting Team

Sandra Talbot - Practice leader

Sandra manages the team of residential family workers who support families participating in our parenting services and accommodation programmes, and offers clinical guidance across all services. She has worked with Home and Family for 19 years and is really proud of the development of its services.

Sandra has always been passionate about ensuring a safe environment and support for families to address their concerns and keep their children in their care. She values Home & Family’s commitment to ongoing training and supervision for staff, which ensures services provided are robust and professional.

MNZASW, Dip Child Protection Studies

Kirstin Waters - Social Worker

Kirstin is a registered social worker, and the newest member of the Parenting Programme whanau, and comes with a wealth of experience.

“My experience includes working with complex mental health and alcohol and drug issues. I have also supported people experiencing homelessness.

I am excited to join the team at Home & Family and look forward to my new role supporting families that use our services, to create positive change.”

Bachelor of Social Work

Carol Watson -Team coordinator and Family Support Worker

“It’s a privilege to work with a team of people who are committed to supporting families as they navigate the challenges and complexities of parenting with the hope and reassurance that the best interest of the child will always be paramount.

Working with families has been my lifetime’s focus and so for me it’s a very easy fit to be part of the transforming and equipping work that Home &; Family does in our community.”

Certificate in Social Services and Child Protection Studies

The House Team

As well as Sandra, Carol & Kirstin, the house is staffed with friendly and professional Whānau Support Workers, 24 hours a day. The team are there to give help and guidance to parents during their journey with Home & Family.