CAFS Legacy & Research Centre

Explore the history of Ballarat’s Child and Family Services (CAFS), beginning with our genesis as the Ballarat District Orphan Asylum through to the organisation as it operates today.


Serving the Ballarat community for the entirety of our existence, we have changed and grown with the city. Our affinity with the people who have walked through our doors has been unwavering, continuously informing our actions as a welfare organisation.

We are immensely proud of the role we have played in helping some of the district’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable families, and will strive to continue this legacy into the future.