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Aboriginal families, parents and carers

Strong family connections are at the heart of Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture, spirituality and identity. Connection to family is broader than children’s parents, it involves everyone in a child’s life who help raise them and this can be grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and sometimes, members of the community. These connections are essential to the way culture, history and intergenerational knowledge is passed on, helping promote a child’s sense of belonging and cultural identity.

Ensuring Aboriginal children are raised in safe, happy and strong family environments, has positive effects on the overall health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Parenting SA has a range of factsheets on various topics that you may find useful. Visit the Parenting SA website to view the resources that are available.

Aboriginal Family Support Services have a range of programs, services and resources to help strengthen family and kinship for Aboriginal children.

The Parent Helpline provides telephone information, counselling and support 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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