Why CaPSS?

CaPSS (Children and Parenting Support Service) offers a range of FREE creative and practical, evidence-based programs for families in and around the Melton and Wyndham areas.

CaPSS is a program that is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, and administered by the Social Housing and Support Service Network, a department of The Salvation Army.

Our aim is to strengthen family relationships through supporting parents and carers in their role, through creative and interesting programs in group and individual settings.

Our programs aim to work by connecting to four key areas, including:

  • Positive parenting
  • Links to Learning
  • Healthy Family Lifestyles
  • Keeping Children Safe

We recognise that the word family means different things to different people, and we provide judgement-free, adaptive environments for diverse parts of our community.

Group Programs & Pop Up Eligibility

Our group parenting activities offer fun and informative ways for you to connect with the kids in your care, with the goal of building relationships, skills and resilience.

Across Wyndham, CaPSS works in Werribee, Wyndham Vale, Hoppers Crossing and Laverton.

Across Melton, CaPSS works in Melton, Melton West, and Melton South.

Parents and/or carers who can attend programs in these localities, are parenting a child aged between 0-12 years and require parenting support are eligible for our free services.

If you are interested in our group programs, read more or register your interest.

Individual Programs & Eligibility

Some parents may require additional support to help them along the way.  Individualised interventions are time-limited and focussed upon addressing specific issues.  If we see you for individual parenting support, we will take a look at what’s going on, asses your needs and strengths – and the resources and support around you. We will work with you, the parent or carer, to develop a plan to build upon what’s working well already. This may include referrals to other services, and participation in some of our programs.

The aim of individualised support is to work with parents and carers ability to improve their ability to solve problems effectively, to seek help when it is needed, and to feel positive about the future.

To be eligible for individualised support parents must:

  • Live in an eligible locality,
  • Be parenting a child or children aged 0 – 12 years, and
  • Require support with parenting issues.

You can be referred to this program by other service providers, or self refer by registering your interest.