Children, families and young people

Information on programs such as Adoption, Child Protection, Placement and Support, Family Services, Family Violence, Sexual Assault, Youth Justice and Youth Services.

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Become a permanent care parent

Permanent Care services provide a stable and secure family life for children who, for various reasons cannot live with their own family. Helping a child feel part of a supportive and stable family environment can be rewarding for all family members.

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Start here for children, families and young people

Start here for an overview of the services and information the department offers in the area of children, families and young people.

Child protection

Assistance specifically targeted to children and young people at risk of significant harm or where families are unable or unwilling to protect them.

Adoption and permanent care

Information on permanent placement of a child who cannot live with their birth family with a new family. Includes a guide on local and intercountry adoption.

Family and early parenting support

Promoting outcomes for vulnerable children and families and providing support to parents from pregnancy to when their child is four years of age.

Kinship, foster & other care

Information on temporary placements for children with relatives, foster parents or in residential care facilities. Includes a guide on how to become a carer.

Young People

Information on services, programs and initiatives to help young people be safe, grow their abilities, and become more involved in their communities.

Care leavers

An overview of support services for former care leavers (Forgotten Australians) and young people aged 16-21 that are leaving or have recently left an out-of-home care placement.

Family violence

Help is available for those who have experienced family violence. Family violence includes not only physical injury but direct or indirect threats, sexual assault, emotional and psychological torment, economic control, damage to property, social isolation and any behaviour which causes a person to live in fear.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault support services provide direct services for children, young people and adults who have experienced recent or past sexual assault.

Youth justice

The Victorian youth justice program works with young offenders aged between 10 and 20 years to ensure care, custody and supervision for young offenders through the provision of programs.

Improving human services outcomes for Aboriginal Peoples

The Victorian Government has a deep and enduring respect for Aboriginal people and culture, and acknowledges the special place of Aboriginal Victorians as the original inhabitants and custodians of this state.

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