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Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

77 Willarong Road

Caringbah, NSW, 2229

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T: 9525 7474

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships. The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation believes all children deserve what is their birthright, the right to be happy, the right to be nurtured, the right to be a kid.

Meet a Kookaburra Kid

Courtney came to KK when she was 12, helping her mum care for her father and twin brothers. Her father has clinical depression, lacks impulse control and is aggressive. He has been to jail and holds no job.

Courtney always felt her role was to ensure a stable environment and not “stress” her father out. Courtney faces many challenges in her life. Often her father will abandon her or her family at important times. Some examples include walking out on the family in a restaurant leaving Courtney the responsibility to organise their way home or abandoning Courtney during a driving lesson. Leaving her lost with the vehicle and no safe means to get home. Mum cries a lot and she feels she needs to protect her brothers.

I worry about my future, I wonder about how I will cope when I am older and have children of my own. I wonder if I will be like my father and not be able to control my emotions. The thing that stresses me most about being a young carer is that I have to watch my father, who I love and adore, become a completely different person when his mental illness kicks in. I am scared and I worry about mum getting depression too.” 

“I love Kookaburra Kids, it helps me knowing that there are many people out there who are going through similar things that I am. The leaders are very supportive and made me realise I wasn’t the only one. There were many other children at camp, including some I went to school with, so I felt safe and fit in with everyone there. I want to be a leader one day and help other kids like me.”

Courtney has been a part of the Kookaburra family for four years. Her brothers are now also in the program.



""Kookaburra Kids saved my life. I was alone until I met the leaders, now I know I am not alone"." - Elise Age 14

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