Child and Family Services Ballarat (CAFS) came into being in 1998. Previously, it was known as Ballarat Children's Homes and Family Services. CAFS is a community service organisation that provides a range of programs and services to children, young people and families. The heritage of the organisation dates back to 1865, when the Ballarat District Orphan Asylum was established, amid great concern for the children affected by the rapid social changes of the gold rush era.
1865 - 1909 Ballarat District Orphan Asylum
1909 - 1968 Ballarat Orphanage
1968 - 1984 Ballarat Children's Home
1984 - 1998 Ballarat Children's Homes and Family Services
1998 - Child and Family Services Ballarat
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Ballarat Orphanage and Children's Homes', in Child and Family Services Ballarat Website, Child and Family Services Ballarat, https://cafs.org.au/heritage-centre/ballarat-orphanage-and-childrens-home/.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 30 January 2009, Last modified: 28 April 2017