Early results of the Family Service centre approach were so promising that the Government funded five more Centres in disadvantaged communities, based on the model for Papakura Family Service Centre, with HIPPY as a key element. These centres have all since celebrated their 21st birthdays – a testament to the value of this integrated approach to assisting families to move forward. 

Lesley Max was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship, and studied successful interventions in child protection and education in five countries. On her return, she was influential in the establishment of Family Start in New Zealand.