Who We Are
Maitland Family Support Inc is an early intervention not-for-profit community organisation that has supported families in the Maitland LGA and the suburbs of Beresfield and Tarro since 1982.
We recognise that parenting and caring can be challenging at times and that families may want extra support. We work with families who are expecting a baby or already have children to improve their circumstances and capacity to parent through engagement in parenting programs, playgroups, social groups, home and centre-based visits, advocacy, case management, and information and referrals.
Maitland Family Support staff remain up-to-date with best practice parenting and caring topics so they can assist your family with issues that are relevant for you such as:
Confident and safe parenting
Becoming a parent
Bonding and attachment strategies
Effective management of challenging behaviour
Supporting your child’s physical and mental wellbeing
Recovering from family violence
Grief, loss or change
Feeling isolated and lacking support
and many more
Services are free unless clearly stated.
For more information about what we offer, please visit www.mfss.com.au or contact us on 4914 0444.
Children and families who thrive in a community where they feel connected, safe and proud.
To promote the connectedness and resilience within families to achieve a stronger, safer and more nurturing environment for children and their families in the local community.
We recognise the resilience of individuals and families, focusing on the potentials, strengths, interests, abilities, knowledge and capabilities of all people.
We ensure that families have access to a supportive, respectful and inclusive service.
We support and promote the principles of Aboriginal Reconciliation and Cultural Diversity in the way we deliver services and provide support.
We hold that the core of all our work with families is the safety, health and wellbeing of children and young people.
We will be accountable in all aspects of our work and service delivery.
We work together as a service to create relationships based on trust and respect.
A gathering circle, central to this artwork and surrounded by people symbols, is reflective of friendship and connection. The symbols all face inward highlighting teamwork and collaboration around shared vision.
Message stick imagery brings a timeline of the journey together and the milestones achieved along the way. This symbolism flows off the edge of the canvas representing past, present and future generations, and the legacy we leave to others, as we pass the baton on.
Maitland Family Support selected local Aboriginal Artist Saretta Fielding’s artwork Konara Connections as representative of our approach within community. Konara is the Awabakal word for clan. Clans are family groups within Country. We recognise the importance of connection and collaboration within family, teams and community as essential to our wellbeing and successful outcomes for all community members, particularly our children. To do well for our children, we have to do well together. Konara Connections shows this image beautifully and resonates with who we are, what we do and why we do it. Thank you for joining us in on this journey.