A PIONEERING couples program that is being launched this year by the Children’s Protection Society is believed to be a first for the north east region of Melbourne.
Following an injection of funds by the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation, CPS is collaborating with Epping’s Northern Hospital to sign up parents-to-be into one of five groups that will run for four weeks each. The program, ‘We’re A Family!’, is being run by CPS’s Fathers Support Services.
“Unlike other group work programs that work with couples who have known risk factors, the goal of this program is prevention by helping parents into the best possible position to raise their child,” said Community Services Manager, Andrew Rush.
“The birth of a child is a stressful time of transition for parents; it places pressure on couples through issues like sleep deprivation and emotional, physical and financial demands, and requires an increased capacity for these couples to communicate and relate to each other in positive and supportive ways. “