Berry Street is one of Victoria’s largest providers of out-of-home care, providing children and young people who have experienced trauma with a safe and secure place to live.
We provide different types of out-of-home care to children and young people:
- foster care: a safe, nurturing home with foster carers when there isn’t a family member or someone in their social network to care for them.
- kinship care: kinship carers (usually relatives) look after them when their birth parent/s are unable to.
- residential care: a place to live and 24-hour in-home support from our staff when they are unable to live with family, or kinship or foster carers.
We are committed to improving outcomes for Victorian children in out-of-home care, and support them to reunify them with their families where possible.
It's vital that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in care are supported to engage and stay connected with their cultures and communities.
Berry Street will continue to be guided by the Victorian Government's Roadmap for Reform: strong families, safe children, working hard on culturally safe and sensitive transfers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs).