Our vision, mission and values
Cafs’ goal is to give every individual the optimal opportunity to live in a safe and nurturing family.
Wellbeing, respect and safety for all children and families.
We treat all people, including ourselves, with dignity. We have genuine compassion for our colleagues and the individuals, families and communities we serve.
We act ethically and do what is right – even if it’s uncomfortable.
We embrace collaboration. We celebrate inclusiveness and work together with the individuals and families we serve to make a difference in their lives.
We genuinely care about people and actively look for ways to offer a helping hand to those in need.
We encourage and explore different ways of working and fresh ideas to improve our practice and outcomes for those we serve.
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
115 Lydiard Street North
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.