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

  • More support for Victorian carers

    More support for Victorian carers: children playing 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.

  • Adoption equality starts now in Victoria

    Adoption equality starts now Thursday 01 September 2016

    From 1 September 2016, same-sex and gender diverse couples can now adopt in Victoria as a result of changes to adoption laws.

  • Victorian adoption law review: have your say

    Review of adoption law 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.

  • More housing support for family violence

    Royal Commission into Family Violence logo 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.

  • Changes to provide certainty for children

    Children running Monday 29 February 2016

    Legislative changes are now in effect that address delays in decision-making for children involved with child protection.


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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.

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