Placement and support
Out-of-home care services look after children and young people when a family needs support, in cases of family conflict or if there is a significant risk of harm or abuse in the family home. Support services help the children and young people to cope with their experiences and assist their families to deal with the issues that led to the placement of their child.
Adoption services provide counselling and advice for birth parents, assess prospective adoptive parents and arrange the adoption of infants and children who cannot live at home. These children are placed with adoptive parents to form a new family, which is later legalised by an adoption order. Adopted children may have ongoing contact with their birth parents.
- Step by Step (user login only)
Login page for the Step by Step Victorian foster care program.
- The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
This page contains contact details for Community Service Organisations (CSOs) providing Foster Care and Other Placements in your area, contact the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.
- Obtaining Medicare cards for children in out-of-home care
The following advice aims to ensure that all eligible children and young people in out-of-home care are able to access health services funded by Medicare Australia.
- Charter for children in out-of-home care
Information about the Charter for children in out of home care and resources designed to embed the charter into practice.