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.
Latest News and Events
Thursday 06 March 2014
The Department of Human Services is currently appealing to the Victorian community to consider opening their homes to vulnerable children with disability.
Friday 10 January 2014
The Non-Mains Energy Concession applies to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), firewood or oil used for domestic heating, cooking, or hot water.
Monday 23 December 2013
The Link newsletter provides up-to-date information about the Victorian Government’s concession program, along with other programs and initiatives relevant to concession card holders.
Thursday 19 December 2013
The final report of the ‘Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non- Government Organisations’ was tabled in the Victoria Parliament on 13 November 2013.
Monday 16 December 2013
The December 2013 edition of the Victoria's Vulnerable Children - Our Shared Responsibility Implementation Bulletin is now available.
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.More on Become a permanent care parent
Start here for an overview of the services and information the department offers in the area of children, families and young people.
Promoting outcomes for vulnerable children and families and providing support to parents from pregnancy to when their child is four years of age.
Assistance specifically targeted to children and young people at risk of significant harm or where families are unable or unwilling to protect them.
Information on temporary placements for children with relatives, foster parents or in residential care facilities. Includes a guide on how to become a carer.
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.
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.
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 support services provide direct services for children, young people and adults who have experienced recent or past sexual assault.
Information on services, programs and initiatives to help young people be safe, grow their abilities, and become more involved in their communities.
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.
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.