“At the heart of Cafs is hope. We see first-hand that igniting a little hope in the lives of those most vulnerable in our community is a lifeline. It’s what transforms their lives. It’s also what keeps us strong in our mission. We know we can help change lives for the better.”

Wendy Sturgess, CEO of Cafs



Gift in your will

Imagine that your passing could actually help change the life of a child? A gift in a will could give them the best possible start in life.


It could make sure they’re happy and healthy, and protect them from harm.



Happy older couple donating in will Cafs giving contributing

How you can help:

  • A percentage: you could choose to leave a percentage of your estate.
  • A pecuniary gift: a specific gift of cash.
  • An asset: this really can be anything from land to art or personal property.
  • A conditional bequest: in the unlikely event that your beneficiaries don’t survive you, you may wish to leave your estate to Cafs.
  • The residue of your estate: the remainder of your estate after specific gifts have been disbursed.


If you’d like to include Cafs in your will, please ask your solicitor or will-writing service to use our full name, address and charity number to ensure we receive the gift:


Name: Child and Family Services Ballarat Inc. (Cafs)
Address: 115 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350
Registered charity number: A0024417V
ABN: 83786843940

Every dollar helps vulnerable people in our community.

Find out more about Cafs’ impact.


You and Cafs, giving every individual the best opportunity to live in a safe and nurturing family. We understand that choosing a charity to align your business with is a big decision. And the big question is likely to be: Why Cafs?


Well, for one, we’ve been helping those in Ballarat and the surrounding communities since 1865. We have a firm focus. We want children, families and individuals to live in a safe and happy environment.

Business people shaking hands Cafs partnerships

And we have the know-how. Our services, from counselling to emergency housing, help an incredible 6,800 a year. We offer tailor-made and innovative partnerships that suit your business.

CAFS stories

Cafs Thread Together is leading the change in the local community

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.

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How Step Up helped a young boy overcome violent behaviour toward his mum

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.

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How June and Robert found the right time to become Cafs foster carers

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. 

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How Cafs financial counselling helped
a dad battling with cancer

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. 

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Housing Support: How Cafs ATAR team helped a father avoid eviction

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.

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How Cafs helped Chloe and her family find hope

Chloe was 16, and her young life was falling apart. She’d dropped out of school and had started drinking and taking drugs. She also started stealing and self-harming.

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How Cafs day stay helped one young family establish a healthy bedtime routine

For Bianca and Josh, the excitement of becoming new parents was giving way to exhaustion. They were desperate for more sleep.

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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.

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