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Reaching out to young mums on Mother's Day.



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Senator Ludwig’s Media Contact: Sarah Cosson 0423 823 843 or (02) 6277 7200

MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig Minister for Human Services Senator for Queensland

Thursday 7 May 2009

Reaching out to young Mums on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day (Sunday 10 May), Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig, is highlighting the support and referral services available from the Child Support Agency to almost 50,000 young separated mums.

“It’s important that as a community we recognise the significant contribution of mothers in their children’s lives,” Senator Ludwig said.

“Separated parenting can be a rewarding and challenging experience, and for young mums in particular access to information and support is vital.”

“According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, nationwide nearly 30 per cent of new mothers are under 25 years.”

“In December 2008, around seven per cent of CSA’s 697,000 female customers were under the age of 25. Of these 49,593 women, almost five per cent were under 19 years.”

Senator Ludwig said separation can increase the demands of parenting and the nature of relationships between parents and their children.

“It’s important young mothers who are single or separated are aware of the support services available to them,” he said.

“The CSA can provide information and referral on a range of government and community services.”

“Community Information Sessions are held regularly around Australia and provide separated parents the chance to discuss child support matters face-to-face and learn more about support services in regional areas such as the Kimberley, WA.”

“The CSA’s online Community Service Directory also has links to a wide range of services, including women’s refuges, emergency accommodation and youth services.”

To access the directory visit http://csd.csa.gov.au

Free publications such as the ‘Me and My’ series offer a wealth of information and tips for separated families. Visit www.csa.gov.au or call 131272 to find out more about CSA products and services.

Senator Ludwig’s Media Contact: Sarah Cosson 0423 823 843 or (02) 6277 7200

Case study: Anna*, university student

After giving birth to her son at the age of sixteen, Anna left school and moved out of her parent’s home to live with her son’s father.

“When things didn’t work out we separated and I moved back in with my parents until I was able to find permanent accommodation.

“I’m lucky I had my family’s support. I was able to find things by myself but it would have been helpful if I‘d known about CSA’s support and referral services.

“My son’s father and I now have a formal business-like relationship. My son stays with his dad every second weekend.

“We have a private child support arrangement and we often celebrate significant events such as birthdays and Christmas/ New Year together with both sides of the family.” *Name has been changed for privacy reasons.