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 3,000 children across Australia, 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.