The Strengthening and Supporting Families Coping with Illicit Drug Use (Strengthening Families) measure is an early intervention, family focussed component of the National Illicit Drug Strategy (NIDS).
The NIDS Strengthening Families measure has been funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs since 2005.
The measure is specifically directed towards family support rather than the health, education or criminal aspects of the Strategy.
Services are targeted at families to support parents, grandparents, kinship carers and children of drug-using parents affected by illicit drugs.
The providers deliver education, counselling support services, advice and referral services, and targeted projects for families.
Eighteen providers are funded until 30 June 2009 to deliver a range of Strengthening Families Projects that support children of drug-using parents by giving them the opportunity to participate in normal childhood activities like playgroup, music lessons and sporting activities.
Other Strengthening Families Projects include counselling and support for families with a young person who has a drug problem and Indigenous specific projects that help young aboriginal people and their families affected by substance abuse, including kinship carers.
For more information, go to the Helping Families Affected by Drug Abuse media release or contact:
NIDS - Strengthening Families
Family Relationships Services Branch
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610
Phone: 02 6121 2380