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Caring for Mothers and Children

The Jarrah House Parenting Program is an evidence-based program which is informed by Circle of Security, Parents Under Pressure and the work of Dan Siegel’s “Whole Brain Child” to encompass the principles of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and the Cognitive Remediation elements of the Jarrah House Program.

Mothers who attend Jarrah House with their children also participate in Interactive Parent Therapy including emotional availability and reflective parenting assessments which helps them to integrate the theory they are learning into everyday parenting moments.

Supporting children

Children admitted to Jarrah House with their mothers have developmental assessment and screening and are referred for appropriate intervention.  Babies are seen at the Chemical Use in Pregnancy Service at Sydney Children’s Hospital whilst in residence for regular review and medical intervention as required.

While at Jarrah House, children are monitored on a regular basis and supported through a structured, child-centred learning environment.  Jarrah House promotes the development of the whole child, including social, spiritual, physical and cognitive development.  Childcare support and age-specific activities are provided seven days a week by early childhood child care workers.

The Women’s Alcohol and Drug Advisory Centre acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of First Nations peoples.

We proudly acknowledge that we work on the land of the Bidjigal peoples who traditionally occupied the Sydney coast.

We are a Registered Charity and accredited under the Australian Service Excellence Standard.  Our service is founded on compassion.

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