The heart of community care in Melbourne since 1896

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Our Story

Our Story

Kids First is a proudly independent child and family services provider and early education specialist. A purpose driven organisation, our vision is for all children and young people to thrive in resilient, strong and safe families and communities.

We pride ourselves on pioneering and delivering ground-breaking, evidence-informed programs to children, young people and families. Everything we do is underpinned by our guiding principle of ‘HEART’ – Hope, Empowerment, Accountability, Respect and Trust - the values which bind our culture, purpose and vision.

Over the years, Kids First has partnered with thousands of families to bring about change and healing, strengthen family relationships and set children up for brighter futures.

Our Vision

All children and young people thrive in resilient, strong and safe families and communities.

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Our Centres

Our Centres

We have child and family centres in Thomastown and Heidelberg and a growing network of early years centres based on our innovative early education and care model. We also operate The Orange Door in Heidelberg, which offers free services for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.

Our practitioners work across a full spectrum of community service engaging with parents, families, schools and referral partners through to providing one to one counselling and group programs for children and adults to overcome trauma.

Our Purpose

All kids deserve a bright future.

Our self initated research studies

A Journey of Hope and Resilience

Safeguarding children for 120 years
written by Lucey Bracey and Fiona Poulton

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A Friend of the Friendless: 1896 – 1924
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Times of Change: 1960 – 1973
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Challenges Ahead: 1974 – 1984
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A New Era: 1985 – 1999
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A New Era: 1985 – 1999
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Continuing Commitment: 2000 – 2016
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Kids First Australia, trading name of Children’s Protection Society Inc is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and eligible tax-deductible donations have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office 2018 Children’s Protection Society Inc. All rights reserved. – ABN 52 303 567 862