Our Kookaburra Kids
The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids in school grades 3 to 12 living in families affected by mental illness. Our Kookaburra Kids come in all shapes and sizes; there is no ‘one way’ to describe them all. While all Kookaburra Kids have a family member with mental illness it does not mean their experiences and presentations will be the same.
As a diverse group, these children and young people have different needs and challenges. Currently supporting over 500 children across the Sydney & Illawarra regions, the program enables kids to meet other kids just like them, share experiences in an age appropriate environment, ask questions and get support. The kids are able to be with other kids with similar family situations and begin to feel they are not alone anymore. The respite is a rare break from their home environment where many are the primary carer assuming adult responsibilities well beyond their years.
Kookaburra Kids relies on referrals from health and social workers, schools and the general public. If you know a child who would benefit from being part of the Kookaburra Kids program please contact the office on 02 8203 1917 or click here to register a child.
What the kids say
“This is the best weekend I have ever had in my whole life, I can’t wait until the next camp” Joshua 14
“Please can I come again, it was so much FUN” Michael 8
“This is the first time I have been able to talk to someone who understands about my mum’s BiPolar, I have a new friend and I am not alone anymore, thank’s Kookaburra Kids” Jenny 10
“KK has given me better understanding of mental illness, a group of friends who are always there to talk to and will understand and help without the fear of being judged and skills to help my dad when he needs it.” Courtney since 2008
“Camp acted as an escape, leaders were role models and gave me plenty of resources specifically relating to my father’s illness and how to deal with it. Helped me with not only looking after my family but also myself. Everyone at camp is compassionate and understanding- this is empowering, comforting and provides a safer (less hostile) environment than at home. K Kids has also showed interest in my future, exploring options for employment and study.”-Kyle, since 2010