Our NEST program is designed to help teenage parents who are homeless or who are living in unsuitable conditions, and are consequently at risk of losing custody of their child to the government. To be eligible for the NEST a young person must be aged 16-19 and be in the late stages of pregnancy or have an infant under the age of two.
The NEST runs two services, an accommodation service and an outreach service. Young parents who are accepted into the accommodation service are provided with safe, secure accommodation for up to 18 months. During this time a Youth Worker will help them to stabilise their life and to develop parenting, financial and independent living skills that will ensure the health and wellbeing of their infant. The Youth Worker will also work with the young parent to address their current needs and to create a plan to secure future accommodation.
Young parents who are unable to be accommodated due to high demand may be taken on as an outreach client. These parents are provided with similar support and advocacy from a Youth Worker who will meet them at a convenient location, for example at home, hospital, a refuge or external agency.
To make a referral, call 9300 2677 (Mon-Fri, 9 am – 4 pm). Any referrals from a third party must be made with consent from the young person.