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
Monday 14 April 2014
Honour an individual, team or group for their work with vulnerable children, young people and families by nominating them for a Robin Clark Memorial Award 2014.
Tuesday 08 April 2014
The Early Childhood Agreement for Children in Out-of-Home Care establishes clear roles and responsibilities across government and key local government and education bodies for improving access to kindergarten and local maternal and child health services for children in out-of-home care.
Tuesday 25 March 2014
On Tuesday 25 March 2014 the Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP, Minister for Community Services launched Out-of-home care: a five year plan.
Thursday 20 March 2014
Three new Cradle to Kinder service providers were announced on 3 February 2014 by the Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP, Minister for Community Services and will shortly commence operation.
Tuesday 18 March 2014
Two budding journalists will get the chance of a lifetime when they join the ranks of AFL Media, under the Victorian Governmentís AFL Youth Central Rookie Reporter Program.
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.
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.