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Child Support Agency booklets popular with parents.

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Senator the Hon Chris Ellison Minister for Human Services

Media Release Child Support Agency booklets popular with parents 18 July 2007

A free series of booklets, produced by the Child Support Agency (CSA), has proven to be popular with separated parents, the Minister for Human Services, Senator Chris Ellison, said today.

“Over the last twelve months the CSA has received orders for over half a million copies of its Me and My series,” Senator Ellison said.

Senator Ellison said the popularity of the booklets stemmed from the fact that separated parenting is now a common experience in Australian society, with one in four marriages ending in divorce.

“The booklets were developed to minimise the impact of separation on families. They focus on the main issues that separated parents have identified as affecting their family,” Senator Ellison said.

“The free booklets are a helpful support tool for separated families, especially those in rural and regional areas who may not be able to access help or advice when they need it.”

The latest edition in the series, Me and My Changing Family, for parents who are in a new relationship proved so popular it had to be reprinted only two months after its launch in July 2006, as the first 50,000 copies were taken up.

The four other booklets in the series cover key issues around separation including: practical money ideas; taking care of yourself; tips and hints on forming a workable relationship with your ex; and guidelines for people who are parenting from a distance.

The Me and My series is also available in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

To obtain copies of any of CSA’s free publications go to the CSA website or phone the publication ordering line on freecall 1800 040 972. Parents who speak a language other than English can call the telephone interpreting service on 131 450.

Media Contact: Matt Francis - 0406 052 038.