Caring for children

Permanent care, Foster care and Kinship care place the interests of children first by providing them with safe and nurturing home environments.

Foster care

Foster care is temporary care of children by trained, assessed and accredited foster carers. For more information, see Foster care

Kinship care

Kinship care is care provided by relatives or a member of a child's social network when a child cannot live with their parents. For more information, see Kinship care

Permanent care

The department makes decisions about the safety of children, and for a few this sometimes means they are unable to return home to their birth parents or other relatives. In these cases the decision is made for permanent care. For more information, see Permanent care

Residential care

Residential care is a care placement service for children and young people in the Child protection service system. The majority of residential care homes are operated by Community service organisations. For more information, see Residential care

Voluntary out-of-home care

Voluntary out-of-home care is where there is no court order requiring a child to live out of their parent's care. For more information, see Voluntary out-of-home care

Leaving care

We fund support programs designed to help young people who are leaving Victorian care services to adapt to living independently. For more information, see Leaving care.

Forgotten Australians

Forgotten Australians is about the more than 100,000 children that were placed in care in Victoria between 1928 and 2003. For more information, including the services and supports available, see Forgotten Australians.

Support for home-based carers in Victoria

For more information, see Support for home-based carers in Victoria

Sexual assault

Sexual assault support services provide direct services for children, young people and adults who have experienced recent or past sexual assault. For more information, see Sexual assault