Services covering the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire

Connections UnitingCare


Connections UnitingCare is a community organisation supporting over 2000 people every week. We work on family strengthening and early intervention services for people in need. We make a practical difference in people's everyday lives, giving them a better chance in life now and in the future. We have offices located across Melbourne's southern and eastern suburbs, including Blackburn, Cranbourne, Croydon, Dandenong, Doveton, Narre Warren, Pakenham, Ringwood and Windsor.

Service Address: 51 Princes Highway, Dandenong Vic 3175

Phone: 03 8792 8999

Agency Services


Child FIRST

Child FIRST is a centralised intake and assessment service. The service is a family information, referral and support team. One of Child FIRST's roles is to provide a streamlined and integrated approach into the South East Family Services alliance when there are parenting or wellbeing concerns for children. The primary purpose of Child FIRST is to ensure that children, young people and their families are linked effectively into services.

Contact: 03 9705 3939

Provided by: Connections UnitingCare

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Family Services

Family Services is a community based family support program for families with children under the age of 18 years. Family Services provides a comprehensive range of services and approaches to support families experiencing a range of difficulties that may impact on their parenting and family life. These difficulties can include problems associated with household management, relationship stresses, personal difficulties and parenting challenges. Family Services provide creative outreach and in home support to families experiencing a range of difficulties that may impact on their parenting and family life. To make a referral to Family Services, please call Child FIRST on 03 9705 3939.

Contact: For enquiries 03 8792 8999. To make a referral 03 9705 3939.

Provided by: Connections UnitingCare

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Reconnect

Reconnect is an early intervention program which aims to prevent youth homelessness that may be caused by family conflict. The program aims to engage young people who are at risk of homelessness or who have recently become homeless and to link them with housing, vocational, educational and recreational programs to remain connected to their families and communities. Potential homelessness in young people is generally a response to family breakdown or family conflict; therefore Reconnect works with young people in the context of their families, with the ultimate aim of family reunification wherever possible.

Contact: 03 9704 8377

Provided by: Connections UnitingCare

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Newpin (New Parents and Infant Network)

Newpin (New Parent and Infant Network) is an intensive parent education program that works therapeutically with families under stress to break the cycle of destructive family behaviour and enhance parent-child relationships. Newpin was created in response to the needs of new mothers experiencing issues such as isolation, mental illness, family violence, social disadvantage, low self-esteem and for those who were at risk of physically or emotionally harming their child or children.

Contact: 03 9794 0725

Provided by: Connections UnitingCare

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School Focused Youth Services (SFYS)

The School Focused Youth Service Coordinators support schools to navigate services available in the community and can explore new ways to support at-risk young people.

Contact: 03 5945 3900

Provided by: Connections UnitingCare

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