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Children

PCA Families is committed to the best interests of children. We believe in empowering children and supporting their voices to be heard. In line with our commitment to the rights of children, we also promote and uphold local and international declarations and charters of human rights related to children.

Services for children and young people

Playgroups

Playgroups offer parents and carers an opportunity to come together, share information and develop supportive networks, while the children have fun. Please contact us for more information about playgroups.

All Ways Playgroup

First Thursday of the month (including school holidays) 10:00am - 12:00pm

"All Ways Playgroup", Permanent Care, Local and Intercountry Adoption Support Group

Jika Jika Community Centre

Oldis Gardens site, East Street, Northcote

Contact: Shae Baxter, Mob: 0430 085 455, Email:    

*Due to COVID-19, meetings are occurring over Zoom. Contact Shae for more details.   

Regional - Greater Western

Supported Playgroups

Darley Early Years Hub, during school terms

Contact Rebecka Baxter Tel 03 5366 7100 or email 

Each term the day and times are decided based on the families’ needs.

Start your own playgroup

If you are thinking of setting up a playgroup in your area, PCA Families can support you to do so. Please contact us for more information.

Children and youth programs

Mindfulness in Motion

Our Mindfulness in Motion (MIM) programs for children from 5-14, are designed specifically to assist their personal growth. Classes blend skill development, personal observation and experiential learning in an environment that is fun, supportive and engaging. Mindfulness in Motion focuses on:

  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional regulation
  • Self-reflection
  • Body awareness

There are two programs to choose from:

The Grasshopper program is designed for children aged 5 to 9 and develops skills for life through martial arts. It is taught in a fun and engaging style which is a blend of play based learning, skill acquisition and conversation.

The Mantis program is designed for young people aged 10 to 14 to enhance students' fitness and martial arts skill with the focus on the students' intention. Fun, games and personal growth are the focus of this group whilst developing a level of martial skill.

Mindfulness in Motion is currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Tree of Life workshops

We also offer Tree of Life workshops. Using the metaphor of a tree as a framework, these workshops assist children and young people who have experienced adversity and trauma to explore, discuss and narrate the positive and challenging aspects of their lives. We invite them to explore connections with others and gain confidence, self-awareness, trust and a sense of belonging.

Tree of life

Details about dates, times, venue and booking can be found on the Calendar.

Family days

We understand how important it is for permanent care, kinship care and adoptive families to be able to connect with other families to share their experiences. Family days bring families together and provide children and parents with a fun day out. See our Calendar for the next family events.

PCA Families are a child safe organisation.