This is the first step in our Care Farm journey. Help us take the next.

Donations, sponsorship and in-kind support will help us to continue to provide services, to develop new and innovative activities, and to support the living costs of our farm animals.

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It’s a common question!

There are some great hints on helping kids to integrate with one another, and our network of foster care support is just a phone call away.

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Child & Family Services Ballarat (CAFS) is a community service organisation that provides a range of programs and services to children, young people and families who are vulnerable or in need of support.

Who We Help

  • Children and Young People
  • Families
  • Men
  • Communities

Our goal is to give every individual the optimal opportunity to live in a safe and nurturing family.

We are governed by a Board drawn from the communities in which we serve and deliver a range of programs to support children, young people and families. These programs and services range from family counselling to homelessness assistance, men’s behavioural change programs and foster care.

With more than 195 staff and 200 volunteers in offices in Ballarat, Ararat, Bacchus Marsh and Daylesford, CAFS provides help and support to more than 6,000 individuals and families each year across the Victorian Central Highlands region.

CAFS has a long history supporting families, dating back to 1865 with the Ballarat Orphanage and Ballarat Children’s Home. Although our programs and services have changed and expanded significantly since these early days, we are just as committed and passionate to helping children and families in need.

The CAFS key service areas are divided into the following:

  • Family and Early Childhood Services;
  • Out of Home Care and Support Services;
  • Homelessness Assistance and Community Services; and
  • Family Violence Intervention and Family Support Programs.