Family Support


Support for the families of children with ADHD is so vitally important. Use this page to find services offering support
for parents/carers of children with ADHD


Intensive Family Support Options (IFSO)

Intensive Family Support Options (IFSO) offers and intensive, flexible, in-home support service for families with a child or teenager (under 18 years) who has a diagnosed physical, intellectual or sensory disability or a combination of these, who are experiencing high levels of stress.

The service is for families experiencing high levels of stress, and particularly for families that are at risk of placing their child out of home, or where there are child protection or safety issues.

Enquiries about the suitability of the intervention for a particular family can be made directly with staff in the relevant area, as well as access to application forms.

There is no cost to the family.  The program is funded by NSW Department of Human Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC).

For more information contact the IFSO co-ordinator in your area:

Sydney North (Allambie Heights)
Jennifer Drayton 
Tel: 9975 8000
Ros Crowe-Mai
Tel: 9975 8474


Lifestart Co-operative Ltd

5 Aquatic Drive
Allambie Heights

Tel: 9451 9564
Fax: 9807 9600

Lifestart, a not for profit organisation and registered charity, provides early childhood intervention and school age years programs and supports to children and young people living with disability or developmental delay. Lifestart uses a family/ person centred approach to meeting the priorities and needs of children and young people, their families and carers. It is based on the concept of partnership with children and young people, their families and carers, to assist and empower them to participate meaningfully and inclusively in our community.

Lifestart works with children with a range of disabilities including ADHD. We support children in everyday environments including childcare, preschool, school, after school care etc. as well as at home. Lifestart also offer private therapy under Lifestart Plus for speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.


Relationships Australia Community Hub Northern Beaches

Relationships Australia Community Hub is a program designed to connect people to their community.  Our aim is to build stronger communities and to provide a single point of access for information and services.  Our program is a Relationships Australia NSW program, funded by NSW Family and Community Services.

Our service specialises in helping vulnerable communities.  Both Jane and Sue are experienced community workers trained in Triple P, Tuning into Kids, Parenting Children with ADHD and 123 Magic.  We have also coordinated and facilitated Resilience Building programs for primary aged children with ADHD and anxiety.  We engage volunteers, students on placement from TAFE and casual project workers to assist us with our work.

Our community hub offers information and referrals at our Drop in & Connect space on Mondays 9am – 2pm.  This is a regular drop in space for anyone in the community to visit us for a cuppa and a chat – we can refer you to any local service, support or group you may need.

We also host other groups and services who need community space including:

  • Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD – 6 week after school program
  • Sing and Grow – music therapy sessions for vulnerable parents
  • Professional development workshops/seminars for community services workers
  • Parenting programs including Triple P, Tuning into Kids
  • Mindfulness and meditation sessions for carers.

For further information on the programs on offer please refer to the website below:

South Hall
Brookvale Community Centre
2 Alfred Road
Brookvale 2100
Tel: 9938 5240

Sue Johansson - Senior Project Worker
Mobile: 0435 835 963

Jane Dawson - Project Worker
Mobile: 0411 871 491

Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 3pm.

Children with Disability Australia (CDA) is the national peak body which represents children and young people with disability, aged 0-25 years.  It is a not for profit organisation with 5000 members nationally.  CDA’s vision is that children and young people with disability living in Australia are afforded every opportunity to thrive, achieve their potential and that their rights and interests as individuals, members of a family and their community are met.

CDA works at the national level to progress opportunities and inclusion of all children and young people with disability living in Australia and undertakes the following to achieve its purpose:

  • Listen and respond to the voices and experiences of children and young people with disability.
  • Advocate for children and young people with disability for equal opportunities, participation and inclusion in the Australian community.
  • Educate national public policy-makers and the broader community about the experiences of children and young people with disability.
  • Inform children and young people with disability, their families and care givers about their citizenship rights and entitlements.
  • Celebrate the successes and achievements of children and young people with disability.

People wishing to support the work of CDA can apply for full or associate membership using the membership form at  Full membership is FREE for young people with disability (18-25 years) and families of children with disability across Australia. Every new member of CDA adds strength to our efforts to advocate for rights, equal opportunities and the inclusion of children and young people with disability. Additional benefits of membership include representation to government, media and the wider community on issues affecting the lives of children and young people with disability; opportunities to have input into CDA's work; and receipt of CDA publications and e-bulletins informing of relevant reforms, initiatives or events relevant to children and young people with disability.

PO Box 172
Clifton Hill
Victoria 3068

Tel:  03 9417 1025
Tel: 1800 222 660 (regional or interstate callers)
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