Together 4 Kids provides therapeutic programs aimed at helping children process the uncertainty and distress of homelessness.
Therapeutic Group Program Manuals – Now available to download
The facilitators manuals for therapeutic group programs are now available for download (PDF). The Caterpillars to Butterflies group for girls and Pirates group for boys aim to help children who are experiencing homelessness to deal with emotions and change. The Garden uses symbols from the garden to assist children in understanding and relating to each other, and Cha Cha Sam is a series of songs to address some of the issues children face while living in an environment in which there is violence and or intimidation.
T4K is offers several one-day professional development courses. All free for NAHA funded services. View the calendar to learn more: Professional Development Calendar T4K
What we know
Together 4 Kids exists because children who are or have been homeless will often be feeling insecure, or even traumatised. Their routines and their relationships are likely to have been disrupted and they may have experienced multiple losses and stresses. Their parents are going through tough times, and at this time, often are not able to provide the emotional support they would like to.
These children can be assisted by caring, skilled staff to make sense of their sometimes complex experiences, understand and manage their feelings, develop friendships and feel safe.
Our starting point is the needs of each child, and the importance of responding to children as individuals in the context of their family.
What is Together 4 Kids?
Together 4 Kids is child focused and customised to support children’s mental health and development to help them manage transitions and make sense of their experiences.
We work directly with children and in collaboration with other homelessness service providers and parents. We view parents as allies in our work; supporting them to learn more about their child’s experiences and strengthen positive bonds with their children.
Our Together 4 Kids program was a finalist in the ‘Excellence in the prevention of, or early intervention in, homelessness’ category as part of the inaugural National Homelessness Services Achievement awards in Canberra in March 2012.
Together 4 Kids produced Kamamirna Kakirra (Nanna’s Moon) an educational DVD depicting the importance of a connection to culture in the healing process for Aboriginal women and children who are homeless.
Who is eligible?
Homelessness or domestic violence services can refer a child to Together 4 Kids after completing an initial client assessment. A child’s referral eligibility requirements are:
- Aged 0-12 years
- Living with a parent who is homeless or in unstable accommodation
- Identified as in high need of support to process complex life experiences, significant loss or distress.
- The child may have complex needs requiring multiple service responses.
- They may have experienced significant disadvantage such as chronic homelessness.
- They may have developmental difficulties and may have had exposure to violence, abuse, or other trauma.
- Their family may need support to increase their child focus.
Together 4 Kids team
We are all trained in helping kids deal with tough situations, and we have plenty of options for kids of different ages. Find out more about the Together 4 Kids team.
- About Together 4 Kids (Arabic)
- About Together 4 Kids (Chinese)
- About Together 4 Kids (Dari)
- About Together 4 Kids (Dinka)
- About Together 4 Kids (Farsi)
- About Together 4 Kids (Khmer)
- About Together 4 Kids (Pitjantjatjara)
- About Together 4 Kids (Spanish)
- About Together 4 Kids (Vietnamese)
- Information for Parents (Brochure)
- Information for Service Providers (Brochure)
- Therapeutic Service for Children with a Trained Therapy Dog (Information for Parents Brochure)
- Therapeutic Service for Children with a Trained Therapy Dog (Information for Service Providers Brochure)
- Together 4 Kids Professional Development Calendar
The Child Focused Support Service (Together 4 Kids) is provided by Relationships Australia South Australia Ltd and funded by the Government of South Australia, Department of Communities and Social Inclusion through the National Affordable Housing Agreement and National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.