We help children, young people and families recover from the effects of violence, abuse and neglect.


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About Berry Street

We started out in Melbourne in 1877, as the Berry Street Babies’ Home, caring for abandoned babies and mothers with no shelter or support.

Today we’re one of Australia’s larger child and family services organisations. We continue to help those who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.


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140 Years: Restoring Trust and Hope

In 2017, Berry Street celebrated its 140th birthday – and we've published a history book to commemorate it.

The book charts the history of Berry Street across three centuries from its beginnings as Melbourne’s Berry Street Babies’ Home in 1877 to its current status as Victoria’s largest independent child and family services organisation. Interestingly, Berry Street’s history is Melbourne’s history and also traces the development of children’s and women’s rights in Victoria.

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Help provide care and support
Can help provide care and support to a child affected by abuse, violence and neglect
Help pay for Foster Carer training
Can pay for training for foster carers, so we can move more distressed children into safe homes
Help pay for therapy
Can go towards therapy and counselling so an abused child like Ben can recover and reach their full potential
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Last year we helped


children and young people were provided with safe homes


children received support to help heal trauma


children and young people helped with education, training and employment


people and families were helped by our family violence team
Berry Street Employment - Current Vacancies
We employ people in a wide variety of programs and support areas who also have a diverse skill set. Opportunities are statewide and updated regularly.
Jodie, Berry Street Foster Carer
We speak to foster carer Jodie about her experience of opening her home to children and young people in need.
Berry Street School
"We focus on the good in them and give them positive, unconditional reinforcement from day one."
Therapy dog Phoebe
Our therapy dog, Phoebe, provides support and comfort to help children recover from the effects of trauma and abuse.