Our Programs and Services

As one of Australia’s largest independent family service organisations, we provide a diverse range of programs to over 40,000 children, young people and families in Victoria each year. Services include foster care, therapeutic programs, family violence and support services, and the Berry Street School.

Learn more about our work below.

Providing a Safe Home

We are committed to ensuring that children and young people who have experienced trauma have a safe and secure place to live through our foster, kinship and residential care services.

Healing Childhood Trauma

We help children heal and recover from the trauma of abuse and neglect through programs such as our Take Two intensive therapeutic program, counselling and outdoor adventure programs.

Our Work Helping Children to Learn - Berry Street School

We know experiences of trauma, neglect & family violence impact on a child’s ability to learn. Through our School, Education Model and vocational training we enhance children and young people’s capacity to achieve in education and training.

Building Stronger Families

Through our family violence and family support services, we help families build their parenting and conflict resolution skills so they can better provide for their children’s needs.

Speaking out for childhood

Through advocacy and professional development, we help policy makers, service providers, researchers and the community better understand what is required for all children to have a good childhood.

Our Work Supporting Past Care Leavers

Through services such as our Heritage Service, we support adults who grew up in Victorian children’s institutions during the last Century with counselling, support and record searches.

Our Impact

Amar's story

Ten-year-old Amar came to our Restoring Childhood program after experiencing violence from his father. Amar now knows the violence wasn't his fault.

Lucas' story

Lucas was so affected by his past experiences that he struggled in foster care homes. Now in a Teaching Family Model house, Lucas is learning about healthy relationships.

Lara's story

"It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done previously, Berry Street School offers a clean slate." Our school is helping Lara get the most out of her education.

Zain's story

What happens if you find yourself homeless in your VCE year? This was Zain's reality. Fortunately, he moved into our GOALS house while finishing his exams.

Jodie's foster care story

Jodie, one of our foster carers, works as an engineer and studies part-time. She provides a safe, nurturing home to children in need.