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Cafs Foster Care Week 2023


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.


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
Did you know there are 4 ways you can support Cafs?

You can donate, fundraise, volunteer, and update your bequest wishes. As an organisation that supports 6,800 families through 44 active programs per year, Cafs welcomes all forms of community support.

Learn more about how you can support Cafs here: https://cafs.org.au/support-cafs/

#cafswecare #cafscommunity #payitforward #communitysupport #donateforacause #donatetoday
Ballarat Mental Health Collective is hosting a free event on October 8.

The Circle of Solidarity for Mental Health 2023 event will also be the launch of Ballarat's own "Blue Tree Project".

For more information about this family friendly event, scan the QR code or visit Ballarat Mental Health Collective's Facebook page.

#cafscommunity #cafswecare #ballarat #ballaratlife #familyfun
Cafs team is growing!

We currently have a number of exciting opportunities available within our Orange Door Team.

We are looking for experienced Child Wellbeing Practitioners to join our Ballarat team.

To find out more visit cafs.org.au/positions-available/

#cafscareers #joincafs #wecare
Having meaningful conversations with family, friends and colleagues can help them feel connected and supported through life’s ups and downs.

Today is R U OK? Day. 

An opportunity to initiate a conversation with those you care about. Here are 4 helpful steps to follow to guide these conversations, or you can visit https://www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask to learn more. 

#ruok2021 #aretheyreallyOK #AskToday #cafswecare #cafscommunity #helpingothersinneed #communitysupport #spreadkindness
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