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New Parramatta Family Relationship Centre opens at ANGLICARE

A new family relationship service opened in Parramatta this month. Officially launched by the Attorney-General Robert McClelland, the ANGLICARE Family Relationship Centre will provide information, referral and advice to families experiencing relationship difficulties and assist separated families to work through their parenting issues without involving courts.

Run by ANGLICARE in partnership with Centacare, the Parramatta Family Relationship Centre will be an important resource for families, providing them with information, support and referral to a range of services for families experiencing separation.

“These Centres aim to help strengthen existing family relationships and where separation does occur, help parents agree on what is best for their children rather than resorting to adversarial legal processes,” said Michael Mittwollen, manager of ANGLICARE for South West Sydney.

The Centre will also run regular public information sessions on a range of family relationship issues, including sessions on parenting after separation, depending on the needs of the Parramatta community.

“The Centre is staffed with experienced and qualified professionals who will provide high quality, impartial and of course confidential services,” said Michael Mittwollen.

The Centre is supported by the Family Relationship Advice Line (1800 050 321) and Family Relationships Online (www.familyrelationships.gov.au).

The Advice Line will ensure that people who are not able to attend the ANGLICARE Family Relationship Centre or would prefer to receive information by telephone can still get access to help or support.

The website will provide access to information about family relationship issues and services available to assist families and allows families to search for a Family Relationship Centre near them.