Kids in Focus is a service funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services. It is a specialist child, parenting and family support service for highly vulnerable families where a parent has an alcohol and/or other drug problem. We provides this service free of charge. Odyssey House Victoria is committed to child safety and is a child safe organisation.
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About the program
From 2002 to 2009 Odyssey House Victoria undertook two projects to develop models of care for families where parents had a substance use problem. The resulting model is a family centred approach that emphasises the safety and wellbeing of children in addition to parenting and family support. The success of the two projects led to Odyssey House Victoria being awarded the contract to provide the Kids in Focus (KIF) services.
Parents who have current or past substance dependence problems
Parents with children in their care or working towards reunification
Parents with one or more children between the ages of 0-12
Information and support
Home based parenting education and support
Counselling and case management
Recreational and therapeutic groups for children and their families
Child and family activities to enhance social connections
Facilitated access to rehabilitation
Post natal follow up and support
Ante natal care through our partnership with the Royal Women’s Hospital WADS program
Capacity building and services for professionals
The KIF program can offer secondary consultation though telephone advice and support, providing assistance with information, skills development and problem solving. Opportunities also exist for professional development and training
The KODY project
The KODY project aims to meet at the intersection of harmful behaviours, drugs and alcohol, and the impacts that has on family relationships. During the KODY program, fathers will be engaging in both the Caring Dads program (see below) and AOD counselling, while mothers and their children will have the opportunity to engage Kids in Focus.
KODY – Caring Dads program
A program, delivered by Kids First, to help fathers improve their relationships with their children and end controlling, abusive and neglectful behaviour to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children. Caring Dads seeks to develop fathers’ ability to engage in respectful, non-abusive parenting with the mothers of their children. During this program, fathers will engage in AOD counselling as a part of the KODY project.