Children support

Children – support for children with a health condition

  • Support services and information for children with a health condition and their parents. 
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ACROSS(external link)
ACROSS is an Anglican, Catholic and Community support service providing social work, counselling and foster care services to families in the Palmerston North area. Phone 06 356 7486 or email enquiries@

Barnardos New Zealand(external link) 
Freephone 0800 BARNARDOS for help to find the service you need. Provides child and family services in communities around the country.

Catholic Social Services (Dunedin & Central Otago)(external link)
Sometimes our kids need some specific help for them. The following services are offered by Catholic Social Services to support our children live life well: Hearing you (counselling for children – CSS has counsellors in Dunedin that are experienced in helping kids make sense of what is happening and how to get through) and Seasons for Growth (a group programme especially for children to help them understand what's going on for them when there is significant change or loss). Office hours 9–5 Monday to Friday. Freephone 0800 CSSNOW or 0800277669.

Child Cancer Foundation (NZ)(external link) 
Freephone 0800 4 CHILD (0800 4 24453). Aims to ensure children and their families are supported, informed and well cared for on their journey with cancer.

Cleft NZ Inc(external link) 
Freephone 0800 425 338. A range of levels of support catering to all age groups.

Cure Kids - Child Health Research Foundation(external link) 
North island phone (09) 370 0222. South island phone (09) 370 0222. Organization focused on raising funds for vital medical research to find cures for kids illnesses and diseases. 

Diabetes Youth NZ(external link) 
Freephone 0800 342 238. A 
charity specifically for young people with diabetes up to the age of 25. Focusing on support and education for the whole family/whanau.

Crying Over Spilt Milk(external link) 
Text 022 585 5935 or freephone 0800 380 517. Provides support networks, detailed recommendations and tips, newsletters and more.

Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC): Immunisation facts and advice(external link) 
Freephone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863), weekdays 9am-4.30pm. Provides information, education, answers to frequently asked questions, latest news, resources including videos and further links.

Kidshealth(external link) 
Information regarding conditions and treatments, extensive A-Z topic index, health tips, services and support.

Kidshealth – Parent Support Groups A to Z(external link) 
Links to New Zealand support groups for disabilities, health impairments, special needs and disorders.

Parent to Parent New Zealand Inc.(external link) 
Freephone 0508 236 236. Advice, information and support to parents of children with any disorder. They can also put you in touch with other families living with the same condition.
Newborn Service at National Women's Health(external link) 
"Ensuring that parents needs for information and support are being met whilst they are in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit."

Parents Centres NZ Inc(external link) 
Phone (04) 233 2022. Support networks and education throughout the exciting yet uncertain months of pregnancy and the early months and years of becoming a parent. 

Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua Incorporated(external link)
Phone 06 374 6860 or email Provides a wide range of support services to whānau ranging from alcohol & drug, smoking, mental health, asthma to screening in the Tararua region. 

Royal NZ Plunket Society Inc.(external link) 
Freephone Plunektline on 0800 933 922. Committed to providing universal access to services for all children and families regardless of ethnicity, location or ability to pay. 

The Low Down(external link)
Free text 5626. Online chat, self tests, email support, advice on what to do if you think you or a friend are experiencing depression and more.

What’s Up - free phone help for kids(external link) 
Freephone 0800 What's Up (0800 942 8787) – a free counselling service just for kids and/or teens. 

Youthline – free counselling for young people(external link) 
Freephone 0800 37 66 33. Free Text 234 between 8am and midnight.

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