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Karinya House Home for Mothers & Babies Inc is a community based organisation providing supported accommodation, transitional housing and outreach services to pregnant and parenting women and their families who are in crisis.

Karinya – an aboriginal word meaning ‘peaceful home’

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land upon which we work, the Ngunnawal people. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution them make to the life of this city and this region.

Karinya House is a community based, not for profit organisation servicing the ACT and surrounding regions.

The service operates on a twenty-four hour, seven days a week basis and is located in the ACT. Karinya supports women from Canberra and surrounding regional areas. It is the only residential and outreach service specifically for pregnant and parenting women in the region.

We offer a secure and caring environment for women who are pregnant, or parenting newborn babies and are without appropriate support and accommodation.

Our 24/7 service includes:

  • Supported accommodation, transitional housing and an outreach service for pregnant women at any time before the birth of their baby and for up to three months after their baby is born,
  • Casework support incorporating counselling, referral and information for clients in matters relating to childbirth, parenting, health and welfare services, including housing needs.

Karinya House provides safe accommodation for women, where required, emotional and practical support during and after pregnancy, as well as security and safety. Security may come in the form of financial support, accommodation or emotional security. For many of the women seeking these services, Karinya House is the only source of support and care that they have.

Karinya House fosters a strong ethos of supporting women to make the best possible choice for themselves. Karinya is a non-religious, non-government and, most importantly, non-judgemental organisation. This is an important point of difference for a lot of women in making the decision to seek help from Karinya.

One of the most important insights for those who seek the support of Karinya is that they are all in some kind of crisis, something commonplace in reality.

Many individuals hold a certain fear of asking for help and potentially a sense of shame that comes with it. There may also be distrust of an organisation, which is likely to stem from a distrust of government and authority.

It is important that you know that Karinya House is a non-government, charitable organisation. There are no affiliations to any government agencies or religious institutions and the services provided are non-political and non-judgemental.

We assure women (and their partners and families where applicable) that no matter their situation, Karinya House is here to help without influence over decisions taken. We are here to provide a safe place and support to allow women make the right decision for themselves.

For more information about Karinya House view our Karinya House Brochure.

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