Reconnect is an early intervention program that aims to prevent youth homelessness that may be caused by family conflict.
Reconnect works with both young people and their families to assist in building relationships with family members and links to education, employment, training and community homelessness assistance if return to the family is not possible.
Reconnect is an Australia wide initiative of the Commonwealth Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Connections provides the Reconnect Program in collaboration with the municipalities of Casey and Greater Dandenong.
With the aim of preventing homelessness among young people aged between 12-18 years, Reconnect provides a range of services to young people and their families.
Reconnect can assist young people to avoid becoming homeless or help them to access community supports, such as Centrelink benefits, if returning to their family is not possible.
For families with a young person aged between 12-18 years, who is at risk of homelessness or is already homeless due to conflict in the family, Reconnect provides the parents with assistance to re-establish relationships with their son or daughter and to improve their parenting skills.
It is not in the community's interest for anyone to be homeless, especially if this can be avoided through helping young people and their families to establish and enhance supportive relationships with each other.