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
Friday 09 December 2016
The Victorian Government has announced landmark reforms to protect women and children, with the release of a 10-year plan to end family violence.
Thursday 15 September 2016
A $19.2 million funding boost announced during Child Protection Week will give foster, kinship and permanent carers access to more training, financial support and other assistance.
Thursday 11 August 2016
Individuals and organisations with an interest, expertise or experience in adoption are invited to have their say on the future of Victorian adoption legislation as part of an independent review.
Monday 18 April 2016
Women and children escaping family violence will have more access to a range of housing options with new funding of $152 million announced by the Victorian Government.
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.
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 permanent placement of a child who cannot live with their birth family with a new family. Includes a guide on local and intercountry adoption.
Promoting outcomes for vulnerable children and families and providing support to parents from pregnancy to when their child is four years of age.
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 services, programs and initiatives to help young people be safe, grow their abilities, and become more involved in their communities.
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.
As of 3 April 2017, the Department of Justice and Regulation is responsible for the statutory supervision of young people in the criminal justice system.