About Us

Orange Family Support Service assists parents, grandparents, carers, single and blended families who have dependent children in their care. Referral can be made from outside agencies or self referral. The Service aims to provide preventative services, with a focus on strengthening and supporting families and building on family members’ existing skills. We have a strong history of networking with other agencies to provide the best coverage of existing services for our clients.

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We value diversity. Our service is open to all families with children in their care. People who use our service include women, men, Aboriginal families and people from other cultures or backgrounds.


We contribute by providing services which promote the well-being of children and their families, individuals and communities. We particularly aim to reach those who experience ongoing hardship.

Our Team

The Board


Orange family Support is run by a Board of Management. The members of the Board of Management are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting.

If you are interested in joining or finding out more about the Board of Management contact 63611004.

Chair: Margaret Barker

Vice Chair: Sally Spence

Treasurer: Sue Hatcher

Secretary: Maureen Horth

Community Representative:  Helen Moon


Tania Martin

Manager


Tania commenced as Manager of Orange Family Support Service in March 2021. Tania has many years of experience working in the community and has managed numerous welfare programs in particular within the drug and alcohol field. Tania has a Bachelor of Social Science (social welfare) and a range of welfare qualifications and brings years of experience.

Kristen Brooking
Child Development Worker


Kristen has many years experience working with children in Preschools and Day-Care centres and is a busy parent herself raising two children of her own. Kristen enjoys helping children and families grow and learn through positive experiences and empowering parents to nurture their children’s learning. Kristen coordinates the Supported Playgroup which encourages parents to interact and become involved in their children’s learning experiences. Kristen also facilitates the 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parenting Program, which is a gentle but firm behaviour management program to assist parents in managing difficult behaviours in a positive way. Kristen also provides home visiting services where she supports and assists families in parenting their children.

Sue Brown

Case Manager


Sue’s role includes providing family support, running parenting programs, working with children of separated families with a grief and loss program and providing information and advocacy for our families.

Sue is trained to facilitate the following programs: Keeping Children Safe, 1-2-3 Magic, Rainbows  and Keeping Kids in Mind. Sue  has a Diploma in Community Services and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a Consultant for the Institute of Family Practice, training professionals, to facilitate the “Keeping Children Safe” parenting program.

Maree Vaughan
Case Manager


Maree joined our Service in May 2018.  As a busy mum of four active children and many years of experience working in the early childhood industry, Maree brings knowledge and practical skills to her role as a Family Support Worker.

Maree has a passion for children’s learning and development and enjoys being part of her client families’ journey as they learn new skills at our parenting programs and watching the children learn and grow at our weekly playgroup, which she co-facilitates with Kristen.

As a Family Support Worker, Maree combines her Diploma in Children’s Services and Certificate IV in Community Services to ensure she delivers a high standard of support and guidance to help build and strengthen families in our community.

Maree will also be co-facilitate 1 2 3 Magic.