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Cafs proud to join the 16 Days of Activism campaign to prevent violence against women


The wellbeing of children, young people and their families is at the heart of everything we do. Our care is inclusive and
collaborative, and our innovative support programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of our local community.
Children in Care Programs
Active Community Programs
Families Supported Annually


At Cafs, your contribution counts.

We’ve been supporting children and families as a proudly independent organisation for nearly 160 years and, in that time, we have expanded to deliver more than 44 innovative support programs specifically designed to meet the needs of people across the Victorian Central Highlands.

It’s hard to believe that even the smallest donation could make a significant difference to someone experiencing hardship. Just $5 could provide a new outfit from Cafs Thread Together Hub to a person in need.

Your gift, no matter the amount, will help Cafs continue to build a stronger, more resilient community.

Donations* can be made by following the links below.

*Cafs is a registered charity and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.


We are thrilled to announce we are one of the community partners for SpringFest 2023!

Part of the proceeds from this year's SpringFest will go towards the extraordinary Thread Together program partnering with Cafs. Our mission? To provide new clothing for those in our community who need it most.

A new outfit can do wonders. It can boost confidence for a job interview, provide warmth for children during the cold winter months, or restore dignity to someone who has had to leave everything behind due to family violence. 🧥👗👔
Cafs’ Thread Together clothing hub offers this sense of security, distributing brand-new clothing donated by generous Australian retailers to people in need. 

So, when you join us at SpringFest, you're not just celebrating the spirit of Ballarat, you're also contributing to a cause that directly impacts our community for the better!

Let's make SpringFest 2023 a festival of joy, community, and giving back! ❤️
#SpringFestBallarat2023 #Cafswecare #cafsthreadtogether #ThreadTogether #CommunityGiving 

@SpringFest Ballarat 📸
Take your first step to becoming a Foster Carer with Cafs. 

If you can you provide a safe, warm and caring home for children who can no longer live with their family then you have what it takes to be a Foster Carer. 

We don’t need superheroes. We just need carers from a diverse range of backgrounds to meet the various needs of children and young people across the Central Highlands. 

Start your fostering journey today. Visit www.cafs.org.au/take-the-first-step/ or call 1800 692 237. 

#fostercareweek2023 #fostercare #CafsweCares #cafscommunity #community #fostercarer #change ⁠#fosteringsaveslives
Our team is growing!

We have recently created the new role of Talent Acquisition Business Partner to join the People & Engagement Team.

To find out more about this new opportunity please follow the link in our bio. 
Applications close 5th of October, 2023

#cafswecare #cafscareers #careers #careerchange #careeropportunity
Did you know Cafs Early Help Program provides strength-based and child-focused support to families experiencing a wide range of issues?

These include but are not limited to, mental health, financial problems, housing, disability, non-attendance, behavioural concerns, parenting support and material aid.

If you would like to learn more about Cafs Early Help Programs, visit

#Cafswecare #Cafscommunity #earlyhelp #earlysupport
At Cafs we aim to be a leader in the community for social change. We deliver on this commitment through the implementation of our Action Plans.

Today, September 23, we support and celebrate International Day of Sign Languages and Bisexual Awareness Week.

Significant in its importance in promoting cultural acceptance and raising awareness. 

For more ways, Cafs delivers on its Action Plans commitments, visit:


#BiWeek #CafsCommunity #CafsWeCare #auslan #lgbtqiapride #DeafCommunityAustralia #EqualityForAll #equalityforall
Are you worried about your children's online gaming use?

The eSafety Commissioner is hosting a series of monthly online webinars, with the goal of these sessions to provide families with strategies for supporting children and young people to have safe, positive experiences when playing games online. 

The next webinar is on the 19th of October. You can register via the link here: https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/webinars

#Cafswecare #cafscommunity #childsafetytips #onlinegamingcommunity
Our local community's generosity is just amazing.
@loretocollegeballaratofficial students dropped off donations to Cafs earlier this week for our Client Engagement and Housing & Homelessness team.

Thank you so much Loreto College!

#cafswecare #cafscommunity #supportlocal #ballarat #ballaratlife
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