Together we make
Cafs (Child and Family Services Ballarat) is a proudly independent community service organisation, with our head office located in the Ballarat Community. We celebrate diversity and strive to be inclusive in everything we do. For over 156 years, the heart of our service has been the wellbeing of children, young people and their families. Today, that commitment stands strong, and we extend our programs to include everyone who needs assistance across the Grampians and Central Highlands – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTIQA+, people of all abilities, people of different race, ethnicity or cultural backgrounds and people of all religions.Read more
I need help
Every day we’re inspired by the people we support. It’s their commitment that drives the work that we do. By sharing their stories, we hope we inspire you too. At Cafs, we listen with empathy and compassion and support without judgement. We’re by your side during the toughest times and celebrating with you on your journey forward. Read our stories below to learn more about how Cafs can help.
The new Cafs Thread Together clothing hub in Ballarat is a life changing moment for those who walk through its doors. However, it isn’t just the “shoppers” who are discovering its power but also the volunteers.Read more
Dylan was the last child anyone expected to be violent or aggressive. He’s the quiet one in the family. When Dylan was nine, he started lashing out at home.Read more
Becoming foster carers can be a life affirming experience. June and Robert always knew that fostering would be in their future; it was just a question of timing.Read more
When you’re a self-employed dad, being sick comes with more concerns than your own health. With no money coming in, Tony was stressed about his family.Read more
Bruce was admitted to hospital for three months, and while he was in there, he asked his adult sons to take care of the home he'd been renting for the past eleven years.Read more
For Bianca and Josh, the excitement of becoming new parents was giving way to exhaustion. They were desperate for more sleep.Read more
How to help
Make a donation
A snuggly toy to comfort a child on their first night in foster care. Fresh toiletries and a good book for a young person experiencing homelessness. When big changes happen in our lives, sometimes it’s the smallest gestures that help get us through. Your generous donation helps us provide essential items to those who need them most... but it’s so much more than that... It shows them you care.
A care box to help a foster child get to sleep, including new pyjamas, teddy and toothbrush.
Notebook, coloured pencils, nightlight, toothbrush and non-perishable snacks for the first night in foster care.
This teenagers' care box has a rucksack, notepad, pen, snacks and a young adult fiction book.
A new set of clothes, this box includes new shoes, a warm coat, underwear and a change of clothes.
Foster children need comfort but sometimes they also need therapy. Help a child or family get the professional help they need.
Whether it’s $5 or $50, every donation makes a difference to the vulnerable children, families and individuals we help.
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Ballarat VIC 3350
Cafs acknowledges our past. In the spirit of reconciliation, we give deepest respect to Australia's First Nations Peoples. Their histories, their stories, their resilience. Their connection to culture and land. The wisdom of their Elders past, present and emerging.