Family by Family was co-designed by families for families. Starting with a pilot in Marion with eight families in 2010 and a base was found for weekly sharing dinners at Forbes Children’s Centre. Our program officially started in November 2011 in Marion and we held training camps for families and even headed for the Hills for our first Christmas, with everyone enjoying cherry picking and hot dogs!
We started by doing individual coaching in the sharing families’ homes and after six months of being up and running with one coach, it was decided to move to team coaching, including our first Kids Coach, Lauren. This enabled families to share their strengths and still bring them together weekly, as holding dinners wasn’t something we could continue.
The Telfer family joined Family by Family in Marion in 2012. They have been an integral part of the program. Over time they have experienced being both a sharing and a seeking family. They love being friendly, dependable and cooking great food. They are great at building meaningful relationships and respecting others. They value generosity, forgiveness and integrity.
Our Family Coaches are also supported by Kids Coach Dan Jones.