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Supporting pregnant & parenting women in crisis

Karinya House Home for Mothers & Babies Inc. is a community based, not-for-profit organisation providing supported accommodation, transitional housing, outreach services and support groups to pregnant and parenting women and their families who are in crisis. Our service, which operates on a twenty-four hour, seven days a week basis, is located in the ACT and provides professional and specialised support to women throughout Canberra and the surrounding regional areas. Karinya House is in its seventeenth year of operation and we have provided residential and outreach support to approximately 4,700 pregnant and parenting women over this time.

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I finally had someone to talk to who understood me and my situation

My name is Clare and I was 17 years old when I found out I was pregnant with my son, James. I was worried I was too young to be a Mum and how my parents would react.

My doctor referred me to Karinya House and after speaking to Marie-Louise I felt so much better. I finally had someone to talk to who understood me and my situation.

By the time James was born I knew I was ready to be a mother, even though I was the youngest person on the maternity ward by at least 10 years!

I fell instantly in love with him and can’t imagine life without him.

James is now 18 months old and I’m studying Politics and International Relations at UC.

I’m still in contact with Karinya and will never forget the help and support they gave me.

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September 2, 2015

Help us celebrate Spring!

It is Spring!!    It is time for “Coins for Karinya”! So find yourself a Jar or a shoebox or something, and collect your spare change over Spring.  Send your name, address and contact details by email to We would love a photo of your jar sent to us as well, or posted to our […]

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August 4, 2015

Farewell to a Faithful Friend – on to New Adventures!

Last Thursday, 30 July 2015, members of the Committee, Staff and Volunteers gathered together at Teatro Vivaldi at the ANU (another faithful friend) to celebrate and give thanks for Jackie Gallagher. Jackie started with us on 11/1/2002. Whilst filling many roles, Jackie has for many years been our Finance/Fund Raising and Administration officer. Jackie was […]

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