are with grandparents. Returning to the role of “parent”; once more, requires adjustment and support. Whilst the grandparents want to provide the best possible care for their grandchildren, their own health and well-being must be preserved to enable this to happen.
GFGSA currently provides services to over 8000 family members that are involved in this challenging position, in dire need of peer support and reliable and accurate information regarding legal advice, legislation, family rights and social justice/welfare matters.
In the process of providing our services over the last fourteen years, we have become aware of the large number of regional and rural clients in dire need of the assistance we offer. It is a matter of utmost concern that these families are unable to avail themselves of our support services, primarily due to their physical location. These potential clients should not be disadvantaged because they live in outer metropolitan, regional, or remote areas.
What is MOS
GFGSA has a Mobile Outreach Service (MOS) to regional South Australia. Our Client Advocates have the ability to travel to many areas of the state and provide our services where there is greatest need.
Through strategic alliances with other NGOs and associated organisations, the infrastructure and support to facilitate our visits has been provided.
Using this collaborative methodology will ensure maximum savings of money and resources to both the Government and Community. We have initially established basic routes such as Pt.Pirie/Pt.Augusta/Whyalla, together with The Riverlands, Murraylands, Mid-North and the South East regions.
These alliances will also act as a continuous source of feedback and project improvement, given that there will be objective oversight from external stakeholders. Whilst there are other support services available for clients in need in the proposed areas of operation, it should be noted that GFGSA is the only organisation in Australia that uses grand-parental support to enable our fundamental aims of the welfare, safety and happiness of the children involved. And we are certainly the only organisation in Australia offering a mobile outreach service!
Outcomes of MOS
At GFGSA, our primary focus is the welfare of the children. We believe it is the birthright of all children to grow, and be cared for, within a safe, loving, healthy and supportive environment.
The flow-on benefits of such nurturing range from the raising of well-adjusted children within a family unit, to the substantial cost saving to the general community minimising damage
caused by troubled and disconnected young people who lack this sense of belonging. These results will now be expanded across rural and regional South Australia. Over the 15 years of operation we have continually witnessed the improvements our program brings to the young people with whom we interact. Self-evidently, children who remain with their siblings in an environment where they know they are loved and their trauma is understood, have a vastly improved chance of achieving their full potential. Whilst we have had a great deal of success in these endeavors in the metropolitan areas of Adelaide, the GFGSA MOS will deliver this service and the same opportunities to the children of our regional communities.