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
Tuesday 25 August 2015
The Victorian Parliament has passed legislative changes today to repeal aspects of the Adoption Act 1984 that penalise natural parents who attempt to contact their adult adopted children.
Friday 07 August 2015
Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children will set the directions for a long-term reform of the child and family services system.
Monday 27 July 2015
A new criminal offence came into effect on 1 July 2015 that will strengthen Victoria’s approach to further protect children from sexual abuse and exposure to sexual offenders within organisations.
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.
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.