The Mirabel Foundation works specifically to assist children being raised by grandparents and other family members due to parental illicit drug use. Mirabel supports kinship carers regardless of their legal or statutory status.


Talking to children about coronavirus

A great resource for carers on tips for talking with children about the coronavirus. This has been prepared from our friends at raising children network. Download the fact sheet here.


Staying at Home Toolkit for Out of Home Carers

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare has shared a toolkit with suggestions, hints and resources for Victorian households providing Out of Home Care during COVID-19. Download the toolkit here.  


Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times

This booklet is by The UNC Frank Porter Graham Children Development Institute. The booklet offers 7 support strategies for caregivers of children on the spectrum about COVID-19 and how to navigate through school closures, abrupt changes in routine, loss of connections with teachers and friends and the fear about contracting the virus. Download booklet here. 


Max & Tyra

'And that's when it all started. Or, should I say, that's when it all ended. At that moment it felt like our normal family fell apart…' Mirabel's beautiful children’s book tells the story of two children coming to terms with the loss of their mother due to illicit drug use and their experiences living with their Nan. Download Max & Tyra or to order your free copy (postage and handling costs may apply) email your name and address to Mirabel.


When the children arrive... A resource book for Kinship Carers

Over the years Mirabel has encountered many families from a range of heartbreaking experiences. Their stories of hardship and grief have many commonalities and it is these shared experiences and questions that are touched on in this book. To order your free copy (postage and handling costs may apply) of  'When the children arrive...', email your name and address to Mirabel.


Polly & Me

Ian Darling's short film 'Polly and Me' highlights the traumatic circumstances of many Mirabel children and covers some of the most crucial issues threatening those vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. An International Conference on Innovation in Therapeutic Approaches with Children, Young People and Families. For further information go to


Mirabel Child Safety Policy

This policy outlines our commitment to safeguarding the children and young people in our care - Mirabel Child Safety Policy


Mirabel Privacy Policy

This policy outlines our commitment to protecting the privacy of all our families, supporters, volunteers and staff - Mirabel Privacy Policy

Mirabel Complaints Procedure

Mirabel is committed to continually improving and evolving our organisation. Please click here to read - Mirabel Complaints Procedure

Mirabel Whistleblower Policy

This policy has been developed so that people can raise concerns regarding situations where they believe that Mirabel or anybody connected with Mirabel has acted in a way that constitutes serious wrongdoing - Mirabel Whistleblower Policy 


National Services

Australian Drug Foundation

ADF offers information about alcohol and other drugs and the prevention of related harms.


Family Drug Support

Support & information - Phone 1300 368 186



Secretariat of National Aboriginal & Islander Child Care – Supporting Carers


Raising Children Network

Information & referrals for kinship carers


Create Foundation

Represents the voices of children and young people who have experienced out-of-home care


Centrelink Grandparent Advisers

Provides information about payments and support services for non-parent carers


Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health

Multilingual Centrelink resources available via the Health Translations website. Provides information on government payments and services for families and carers.


National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Provides support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia


Melbourne University - Young kinship carers

Required for nationwide university research study


ACWA - Association of Children's Welfare Agencies

The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is a non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families.


Berry street - Childhood Institute

Berry Street Childhood Institute strives to enhance outcomes for children and young people who have experienced trauma and disadvantage. Berry Street Childhood Institute presents training and events designed to enhance the capacity of carers and practitioners working with vulnerable children. Click here to see upcoming training and development that is available.


Australian Childhood Foundation

The Australian Childhood Foundation advocate on behalf of children who have suffered abuse and neglect.

Children do not escape family violence unaffected. They are traumatised by the experience. It terrifies them. It destabilises the foundations of their development. It undermines the strengths of their relationships. It can overwhelm them. 

The Australian Childhood Foundation have written a practice framework for understanding and responding to those affected by family violence. It demonstrates how similar principles can be implemented at the child, family and community level. You can download their Safe & Secure booklet here.


State and Territory Services


Family Drug Help

Family Drug Help (FDH) provides a specialist service to support family members and friends who are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol and other drug use. - Phone 1300 660 068


Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

Provides programs and services to reinforce Aboriginal culture and encourage best parenting practices, and advise government in relation to child abuse and neglect in the Aboriginal community.


Kinship Carer Victoria

KCV is the peak body for kinship carers in Victoria and aims to have kinship carers supported in their role according to their needs and the needs of the children for whom they care. - Phone (03) 9372 2422

Click here to see KCV's Manual for Kinship Carers


Permanent Care & Adoptive Families

PCA Families is an early intervention service that provides support to families formed through kinship care, permanent care and adoption. - Phone (03) 9020 1833


DHHS Child Protection Crisis Line

Phone  13 12 78


Carer KaFÉ - Kinship and Foster Care Education

A new program designed to improve and expand kinship and foster carer training Victoria-wide.
Take a look at Carer KaFÉ's latest news and events here.

Click here to download the latest Carer KaFÉ Newsletter.

This newsletter is a great resource that is produced quarterly by the Foster Care Association of Victoria to provide information and support to Victoria's kinship and foster carers.

Carer KaFÉ provides learning and development opportunities for carers throughout Victoria.

Click here to see the latest online training courses for kinship carers.


New South Wales

Drug Information @ your library

Provides up to date information about alcohol and drugs through local public libraries in New South Wales.



Peak body providing child protection and out-of-home care policy advice on issues affecting Aboriginal children, young people, families and carers.


Connecting Carers NSW

CCNSW provides support (24 hr telephone support, ongoing education, peer support & advocacy) to foster, kinship and relative carers across New South Wales. - Phone: 1300 794 653


Grandparents Relatives and Kinship Care Alliance GRAKCA

GRaKCA is an advocacy group convened by COTA NSW.  The information obtained from GRaKCA shapes the advocacy agenda COTA NSW presents to politicians, policy makers and service providers in the area.


Family Legal Sydney

Grandchildren Visitation & Care In Family Law


Family and Community Services

Kinship & Relative care

Family & Community Services

Child Protection Helpline Ph: 132 111


Australian Capital Territory

Dept of Community Services

Resource for Carers

Marymead Grandparent Group

Support and education to grandparents that are primary carers


ACT Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Services


Children Youth & Families

Child Concern reports Phone 1300 556 729



Dept of Communities, Child Safety & Disabilities Carer information


Foster & Kinship Care Queensland

Phone 07 3256 6166


Queensland Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Child Protection Peak

07 3102 4119


Department of Child Safety, Communities & Disabilities

Phone 1800 177 135 or (07) 3235 9999


South Australia

Dept for Child Protection

Phone  (08) 8124 4185


Maintaining Aboriginal Cultural Identity


Government of SA - Rights of carers

Your rights as a relative, kinship or foster carer


Child Abuse Report Line

Phone 131 478



Dept of Health & Human Services

Phone  1300 135 513


Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

Free Call 1800 132 260


Dept of Health & Human Services

Ph: 1300 737 639


Western Australia

GrandFamilies Guide

Information to help grandparents care for their grandchildren

Caring for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children

Parent & Families Drug Support Line

Metro (08) 9442 5050, Country 1800 653 203. Both numbers are 24hrs, 7 days a week


Drug Aware

24hr Alcohol and Drug Support Lines


Dept of Child Protection & Family Support

Crisis line phone (08) 9223 1111
Country free call phone 1800 199 008


Northern Territory

Department of Children and Families Carer Community


Department of Children & Families

Child Protection Intake  Phone 1800 700 250