Council of Single Mothers and their Children (CSMC) is a state wide, membership-based, community organisation run by and for single mothers. We have been supporting single mothers and working for changes to systems, services and community attitudes since 1969.
CSMC is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) to provide telephone support, referral, advice and emergency relief to single mothers and their children throughout Victoria.
Recognised as a source of expert advice on issues relevant to single mothers and their families, CSMC’s expertise is grounded in lived experiences and informed from the issues and concerns raised by single mothers contacting us through our telephone support line. We work closely with our members, as well as many community organisations and institutions, including the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children (NCSMC) and the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)to support single mothers.
CSMC aims to promote positive social change by lobbying government and media and by challenging the myths and stereotypes that persist in marginalising single mothers and their children.