Karinya House for Mothers and Babies is a community based, grass roots, local organisation, supporting vulnerable and at risk pregnant and early parenting women in Canberra and the surrounding Region. We invite our community to share in this purpose.

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. Since the establishment of Karinya House on 29 September 1997 through to 30 June 2017, we have provided over 5,500 residential and outreach support periods to thousands of pregnant and parenting women, their babies and families.

Celebrating 20 Years of Service

20 years of service to the community, since opening our doors on 29 September 1997. Privileged to walk alongside so many women in our community - women of resilience and perseverance.
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Our services, our stories

We are privileged to share with you some of the stories of the Women of Karinya. These narratives show their courage, resilience, learned knowledge and wisdom, that we witness every day.

Names and situations have been changed and merged. Stock images have been used. Any similarity to a person is therefore coincidental, as the stories here will represent aspects of stories of many women who have found some time and space through their Karinya experience.
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Annual Fundraising Target

A night of shelter and residential support costs $500. A day of outreach services costs $440. A day of midwifery support costs $440. Karinya House provides this support 365 days a year.

On average, to support each Woman, through a life changing event, costs $10,000. This is not a significant investment for what can be a most inspiring and enduring return.

Make a Donation or Be a Friend. Be a part of our stories through our eNewsletter and our website, and on Social Media. You will see the return on your investment in ways that do make a difference to someone’s world. We welcome you joining us.

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Our Goal $800,000
Currently 630724