Child, Youth and Family Services



Here’s the point

Every child and young person deserves a safe and secure home to grow up in. Anchor’s integrated approach addresses often complex needs and circumstances so that children in out-of-home care and young people in need can learn, develop and thrive.

Kinship care

For children who can’t live with their own immediate family, the preferred option is sometimes to live with someone they know, such as an extended family member. This need is often urgent and unforeseen – and Anchor can provide help ranging from initial assistance to ongoing support.

Foster care

Every day, our foster care service places a minimum of 30 children that are unable to live at home in safe, secure, caring environments.

Can you help make a difference in a child’s life?

Find out more about how you can become a foster carer and help change a child’s life forever.

A kinship carer’s story

‘Shortly after the girls came to live with our family, Anchor became part of our support network. I have always found that the staff at Anchor genuinely care; it’s not just a job to them.

‘Now that we are the legal guardians of these precious children it has made an enormous difference and the children are much more settled. We as a family are grateful to Anchor and all the staff as they made a very difficult situation a little easier to cope with.’

A kinship carer’s story

Services for youth and families

We help find different types of accommodation and support for people including families with young children, youth that sleep rough, and youth that couch surf and are at risk of homelessness.

Our approach is based on the Foyer model, which integrates housing assistance with other support services, education, employment and life skills. By equipping people with the tools to stay on track for the long-term, we’re working to break the cycle of disadvantage.

LP’s story

‘LP’ left the family home due to relationship breakdown. When he was 16 he entered one of our lead tenant properties where he learnt the life skills he needed to live independently.

During the time LP was with Anchor he completed a traineeship and has been in regular employment for over four years. We also helped him source funding for driving lessons and obtain his driving licence.

‘I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Anchor.’

LP’s story
Break point – research results

The most dominant form of homelessness for young Australians is couch surfing, where young people move between the homes of their friends, acquaintances or family members, without any real security of tenure and in a constant search for the next place to stay.

30% first ran away during primary school
71% first left home due to family conflict
50% never considered themselves homeless when staying with others short-term

The Couch Surfing Secondary Students (CSSS): Yarra Ranges Youth Homelessness Prevention Project ­– a joint research partnership between Anchor, the Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network, Swinburne University and the University of Western Australia Centre for Social Impact.