For Grandparents

iDareDream offers support to Grandparents with the full-time care of their grandchildren to ensure each grandchild knows they matter – to us all!

We know there can be many reasons your grandchildren live with you. And when they come into your care, they’ve usually had some very frightening experiences. 

Research shows that even when these children are raised by other loving family members, the early childhood trauma they’ve already experienced still impacts their development – particularly the part of the brain responsible for self-worth, and can adversely affect ongoing behaviour unless actively addressed. 

iDareDream offers children of Grandcarer Families the opportunity to join after school activities or holiday programs where they can discover new interests, learn new skills, grow their self-confidence and, most importantly, begin to feel a sense of belonging, of being part of the greater community in which they live and will one day take their rightful place. 

By facilitating participation in experiential activities, the children have a chance to discover something within themselves – some talent, some interest or desire that matters to them, a dream they can hold and use to forge brighter futures for themselves.

        “Dreams inspire hope and make us more resilient when facing life’s challenges.”

We know that providing such extra-curricular and recreational activities are normally well outside the limited financial capacity of Grandcarers, with many of you already struggling to meet the numerous daily expenses of raising a second generation at this time in your life.

It is also our desire to develop a collaborative community for grandcarers who may be suffering from the social isolation and grief at the loss of your friends who are now child-free (and sometimes other family members), not to mention your own lost retirement plans. 

We aim to build a network of existing resources and assist grandcarers with the often difficult and time-consuming task of finding and then navigating access to those most appropriate to meet your specific needs.

If you are a Grandparent and would like your new family to become a member of iDareDream, please talk to us or download a Membership form here

We’d love to have you!

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Legal Information

Grandparents can play a significant role in a child’s life and may be the child’s main caregiver. In many situations it is therefore important to understand your rights as a grandparent to see and care for your grandchildren. The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) has provision to grant rights to grandparents in relation to their grandchildren.

Under the Family Law Act, a grandparent is the parent of a child’s mother or father. A child usually has four biological grandparents (whether living or deceased) but may also have non-biological grandparents.

Find more information about grandparents and family law in Australia here

For information on WA Legal Aid services and their regional offices, click here.

iDareDream members have access to free initial advice and referral.

Grandparent Child Care Benefits

Grandparents who receive an income support payment and are the primary carer of their grandchildren may be eligible for the Grandparent Child Care Benefit (GCCB) to help them meet the costs of child care.

GCCB covers the full cost of approved child care for up to 50 hours for each child per week. In certain circumstances, Grandparents may be able to get GCCB for more than 50 hours per week.

Find out more information and check your eligibility here.

Family tax benefits for Grandparents

For the purposes of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B and Child Care Subsidy, a grandparent of a child can be any of the following:

  • a biological, adoptive or step grandparent or great grandparent of the child
  • a parent or grandparent of a relationship parent of the child – a relationship parent is a person who is legally responsible for a child born as a result of artificial conception procedures or born under surrogacy arrangements
  • the current or former partner of a biological, adoptive or relationship grandparent or great grandparent.

Find out more information and check your eligibility here

Where can I get more information?

Grandcare is funded by the State Government and delivered by Wanslea Family Services Inc. It does not provide legal advice but services, including initial support and information, for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren (full-time) on an informal basis. This service can be contacted on 1800 008 323 (freecall 10am – 3pm, Monday – Friday).

If you are a grandparent caring for a child in WA and want information on support available to you from Centrelink, contact the Grandparent Adviser on 1800 245 965 (free call from a landline).

If you are an Indigenous grandparent you may be able to get assistance from Aboriginal Family Support Service by contacting it on (08) 6330 5400 or by visiting this website:

You can get more information about the review of care plan decisions in a brochure called Care Plan Review Panel available from CPFS or it can be downloaded at: You can get an application form from a CPFS district office or by contacting the Care Plan Review Panel on (08) 9222 2593.

Contact Family Inclusion Network of Western Australia Inc (FINWA) on (08) 9328 6434 for help if you have a relative in care.

Contact CPFS on (08) 9222 2555 or 1800 622 258 (country free call) for information including a factsheet on an Establishment Payment for foster grandparents looking after grandchildren. The factsheet can also be obtained from the Department’s website at:

Go to the Children’s Court of WA website located at: for information on the court process and forms you might need.

The Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) “Grandfamilies: a Resource Guide for Western Australian Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” has information on a range of topics and is available to download here.

Parent & Family Drug Support Line
A confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone concerned about a loved one’s alcohol or drug use.
Metro (08) 9442 5050, Country 1800 653 203.
Both numbers are 24hrs, 7 days a week

Drug Aware
24hr Alcohol and Drug Support Lines  
Metro (08) 9442 5000 Country 1800 198 024

Carer Gateway
This Australian Government website has information about services and support for carers. Look for information on the website, use the service finder or call the national helpline:
Phone: 1800 422 737
Hours: 8 am-6 pm, Monday-Friday

Department of Child Protection & Family Support
Crisis line phone (08) 9223 1111   Country free call phone 1800 199 008 

Caring for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children Information and Agencies

This resource is designed to support and empower you in your day-to-day caring role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Family Relationships Online
This national telephone service can provide information and advice on family relationships, including parenting arrangements after separation.
Phone: 1800 050 321
Hours: 8 am-8 pm, Monday-Friday; 10 am-4 pm Saturday (local time), except national public holidays

Parenting Resources

Perth Mums

Join the Perth Mums Facebook Group to ask questions, seek advice, share experiences and join a vibrant and supportive community.


CLAN (Community Link and Network) works with Perth families to build resilience and offers support to parents who are looking for help with relationships, parenting and other issues. Their courses are more focussed on older children and teenagers.

They offer a range of programs including:
• Understanding anxiety and depression in youth
• Kids and anxiety
• Setting boundaries
• Mental health first aid
• Managing sibling rivalry
• Four cornerstones of positive parenting

To find out more or book a workshop, please click here.

Parenting WA

Parenting WA is a free information, support and referral service for families with children aged from pre-birth to 18 years, and offer workshops as well as a telephone service and free parenting library.

They offer a range of free programs including:
Triple P (building strong, healthy relationships)
Circle of Security Parenting (how to raise awareness of children’s emotional needs)
Protective Behaviours (promoting resilience, empowerment and awareness of ‘safe’ behaviours)
123 Magic (teaching parents to manage their child’s difficult behaviour using an easy signalling system)
Tuning into Kids (teaching parents how to recognise, understand and respond to their child’s emotions)
Tuning into Teens (for parents with teenaged children)

To find out more or book a workshop, please click here.

 Triple P Parenting

Triple P is a parenting site providing seminars and workshops (some online and many are FREE) and gives tips and ideas to help raise happy and confident kids; see more of the behaviours you like and less of the ones you don’t; and have better relationships with your family.

The program is available to parents and carers of children in Western Australia, thanks to the  Department of Education, Child and Adolescent Health Service, WA Country Health Service, and the Department of Communities. Private providers also deliver Triple P.

You may also be eligible for a Medicare rebate on your Triple P sessions. Please check with your provider or GP.

 The City of Cockburn Parenting Services

Cockburn Parenting Service is a free service for families with children aged 0-18 years in the City of Cockburn. The service provides practical advice on children’s development, parent education and information, emotional support and strategies to assist those in a parenting role. The service also provides parenting information and strategies delivered through a variety of forums including parenting groups, events and individual programs as needed.  


KidSport enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 years to participate in community sport by offering them financial assistance of up to $150 per calendar year towards club fees.

In 2021, all eligible children will be able to access TWO KidSport vouchers with the second becoming available from 1 July 2021.


All Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 with a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

For further information please contact the KidSport team on 61 8 9492 9911

Vacation Swimming Classes

Enrolling in VacSwim is easy. The most convenient way is to enrol online.

Program dates will be available in early May and enrolments will open in mid-July.

Check VacSwim programs and locations for availability and closing dates for online enrolments before making your enrolment. Concessions are available for families with eligible concession cards.

You can enrol your child if they will be five years or more when they start the program. They need to also be less than 18 years on the final day of the selected program.

You may be asked to provide a birth certificate as proof of age, as age restrictions apply for some higher stages. Check the stages and awards for more information.

Do you have more questions?

Get in touch today, we'd love to hear from you.