Family Foundations: support for new parents

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Education program for new parents

What is it?

Family Foundations is a 10-session program for parenting partners who have, or are expecting, a baby.  

Two qualified and experienced parent practitioners will work with you and your partner (or whoever you are co-parenting with) in your home or online.   

Together, they will support you to learn about:

  • How to strengthen your relationship with your co-parent and build a strong parenting team
  • How to adjust to your new role as a parent
  • How to match your parenting to your baby’s unique temperament
  • How to help your baby feel secure, which is important for their future mental health

Who can use this service?

Anyone who:

  • Is having a baby
  • Has a baby under 12 months old
  • Is part of a parenting team. The team may be a couple or parenting partners which may include an ex-partner, a grandparent or a friend.

Priority is given to people living in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne (Wyndham, Brimbank, Moreland and Hume), however our Family Foundations team works online with clients outside these areas. 


It’s free.

Do I need a referral?

No. You do not need a referral to access this support.


We will visit you in your home or deliver sessions online.

What do parents say about Family Foundations?

“We so looked forward to the Family Foundations sessions – the parent coaches were funny and helpful and we learnt how to manage our baby rather than argue or give in to exhaustion! We still use the strategies they showed us 2 years later.” Family Foundations parent after the program   

Make a booking

Call our Family Foundations Intake Worker on 9355 9901 or email

View our brochure

Download our brochure here to find out more about Family Foundations.

More information

What is a parent practitioner? 

A parent practitioner is an experienced and trained staff member from Merri Health.  

When should I join?

We recommend doing 5 sessions before baby arrives and 5 after baby comes home. If your baby is already born, you can still join as long as your baby is under 12 months old. 

What if I can’t meet at the same time every week?

That’s not a problem! We are flexible about our visiting times and will negotiate to fit in with your family circumstances.

I’m finding it hard to leave my home with a new-born baby. Can you still help me?

Yes.  You don’t have to leave your home to attend the program – we come to you, or we can meet you online. 

How do I know if this program is right for me?

We can talk through your needs and work out if it’s right for you.

This service is funded by the Victorian Government and is supported by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

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