CSSA welcomes assistance to relationship counselling


CSSA News Story
Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) has welcomed a Coalition announcement that an Abbott Government would provide new support to marriage education, counselling and parenting programs through $200 vouchers to couples.

Centacare Catholic Social Services (Diocese of Parramatta) is one of 67 member agencies of CSSA. The membership provides services to more than a million Australians each year in remote, regional and metropolitan Australia.

“Early intervention is one way of ensuring happier relationships,” CSSA Executive Director Frank Quinlan said.

“It is best to invest in relationships early, to give couples the skills and strategies that they might need to maintain lasting bonds or to overcome the inevitable difficulties that arise in any human relationships.”

Mr Quinlan said that Catholic agencies provide a wide range of programs nationally to assist couples in strengthening their relationships, overcoming problems and in becoming more effective parents.

“In addition to the human cost, relationship breakdown also has an economic cost. Investment in relationships has a benefit to the whole community,” he said.

“Labor Government cuts to Family Services proposed in the last budget would make it harder for agencies to provide essential support to families, so this announcement by the Coalition is a step in the right direction.”

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