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Charities that assist single mother families

Charity school children support - please go to the Charities Primary and Secondary (High) School Financial Support Index here

Go to The Smith Family
The Smith Family
The Smith Family offer support programs and financial assistance including their winter appeal. The Smith Family works with communities across the country to assist Australians living in disadvantage. Some staff and volunteers are based in schools, others work through community organisations and some have their own Smith Family offices
For more information and a list of their office locations visit their website here

Go to The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army have a network of community services centres nationally that also provide limited practical assistance for low-income families who are struggling to make ends meet.
For more information and to find a Community Service Centre near your location, visit their website here

Go to The St Vincent de Paul Society
St Vincent de Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society offers people assistance through its primary work of home visitation. Support may include providing food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.
For more information and to find a Community Service Centre near your location, visit their website here

Go to The Red Cross
The Red Cross
The Red Cross offer community services including support for homeless people (domestic violence, etc.) and a Good Start Breakfast Club run to provide a healthy breakfast and nutrition education every day to school kids in areas of greatest need around Australia. There are more than 260 operating nationally in all states that serves in excess of 800,000 school kid meals a year.
For more information about the Red Cross visit their website here

Go to the Saver Plus information page
Brotherhood of St Laurence
The Brotherhood of St Laurence assist families through services in child care, playgroup and parent support. They offer savings and small loans programs and run a breakfast club for school children.
You can read more about the Brotherhood of St Laurence at the Brotherhood of St Laurence website

National - Mission Australia
Several family options, including offer services that prevent homelessness from occurring such as mental health support, financial counselling, literacy support, and family and individual support. Providing crisis and transitional accommodation when homelessness does occur

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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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