Families with children

YFS works with families to help families work better, so that children grow up in environments where they can thrive.

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Thriving Families

How we can help

The YFS Thriving Families Project can help you find stable housing for your family, and help you and your children achieve your dreams. Our family coaches can help you work out what your family wants for the future, and then provide the support you need to get there.


Who is eligible

Families who are homeless or worried about their housing, whose oldest child is aged 5 or under. Contact YFS to find out more about whether Thriving Families is right for you.

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Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW®)

How we can help

FFT-CW® is a short-term family-based therapy program. Therapists work with families over four to seven months to create change that will assist the whole family to function in a more positive and productive way. The program addresses factors that have contributed to families being at risk of child safety intervention. It starts by looking at family strengths and what is working to keep children safe. FFT-CW® will help your family to solve current problems and develop new strategies, skills and confidence for resolving future issues.


Who is eligible

Families from the Browns Plains and Beaudesert areas and surrounds who need additional support to keep their children safe and well.

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Sure Steps Family Coaching

How we can help

Sure Steps Family Coaches encourage parents to identify goals to give their child the best possible start in life, and help parents take steps to pursue these goals. This flexible program helps families overcome tenancy issues and create family environments where children can thrive.


Who is eligible

Families living in public housing who have children under 8 and are experiencing difficulties with their tenancy.

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Step by Step

How we can help

Our Step by Step team will work with you to help you meet the challenges of being a good parent.  We provide information and advice on how to help your children as they grow, and practical help with things like school enrolments, budgeting and housing applications.

Counselling is also available – we help you come up with strategies to improve your relationships and your family’s well-being.

Burrabilly works with Indigenous families and children to help them manage life’s ups and downs and live safe, thriving, healthy and happy lives.

Who is eligible

Families from Logan and surrounds who are experiencing difficulties with parenting and family wellbeing.

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Intensive Family Support

How we can help

Our Intensive Family Support workers provide intensive case management – this means they will work closely with you to help you get the skills and support you need to care for and protect your children and help your family work well. We will help you strengthen your practical skills, parenting skills and your confidence. We’ll help you connect with culture, friends, family and community and help you with your ability to communicate and to manage stress. If you need other services, like housing or health, we’ll help you find what you need.


Who is eligible

Families from the Browns Plains and Beaudesert areas and surrounds who need additional support to keep their children safe and well.

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Assessment and Service Connect

How we can help

Assessment and Service Connect works side by side with Child Safety to assist families during Child Safety investigations and assessments. We can work with you to make quick connections to services and supports that will help you to keep your children safe.


Who is eligible

Families with an open investigation at the Bayside, Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Brown’s Plains, Logan Central and Loganlea Child Safety service Centres.

Client story

Mum of five Amy McQuilkan approached YFS when life had reached a low point. At the time, she and her partner were raising eight children, four with special needs. She had lost her rental home and was left without anywhere to live.

“Step by Step was absolutely fantastic with what they did for me and how they stood by me. Without the team, I wouldn’t be as strong in myself. They seem to make me stronger and see things in ways that I don’t see. They help me realise that if something doesn’t work, maybe it’s better not to try it again and to come up with another approach. I keep growing with their guidance.”

How to use our services

YFS understands it is hard to ring without knowing exactly what to ask for, that’s why we have one central door for all new people, called YFS Connect.

Contact YFS