We are Victoria’s largest independent child and family services organisation.
140 Years protecting children
We started out in Melbourne in 1877, as the Berry Street Babies’ Home, caring for abandoned babies and mothers with no shelter or support.
We have helped hundreds of thousands of children and families over 140 years. Explore 140 Years - Thousands of stories.
A very difficult story to tell
When he arrived at hospital, Daniel’s severe injuries suggested he had been thrown against a wall and stomped on. He had been assaulted and neglected by his parents since birth.
Daniel had a fractured skull, damaged eye socket and broken bones, including old untreated breaks. He had brain damage and was bruised black and blue.
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Last year we helped
children, young people and women were provided with safe homes
women and children received support to help heal childhood trauma
parents were provided practical support help them better care for their children
women and children were helped by our family violence team