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    Street Address:  Level 1/116 Hardware Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 
      Postal Address: P.O Box 14093, Melbourne 8001, Vic.
    Phone: 03 9605 1900
      Fax: 03 9602 2355
      Freecall: 1800 049 871


    Why does VACRO have its own children’s foundation?

    Every year, a surprisingly large number of Victorian children are adversely affected by parental contact with the criminal justice system - police, courts, corrections. An estimated 67,500 children had a parent appearing as a defendant at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria in only one year (Court Based Family Support, 2009). For instance, Children of offenders are at heightened risk of experiencing parental drug and alcohol abuse, family violence, mental illness, poverty, housing instability and social isolation. Growing up in such a vulnerable family situation can have profound effects on the future opportunities of children, compromising their health and development and disrupting their education, family relationships and social engagement.

    VACRO has had contact with the families and children of offenders for many years, and we know that constructive family relationships: 

    • improve the life chances for children and 
    • prevent the development of a range of problems including substance abuse and mental health problems, both of which are likely to increase potential contact with the criminal justice system in later years (Barefoot Research & Evaluation, 2005:3).

    VACRO acts as a leader in to ensure that this issue is raised in a rational form in the public domain, through community networks and with influential policy makers.

    We seek your support in maintaining a consistent voice for these children and in implementing relevant and professional services to meet their needs. 

    You can find out more information about the VACRO Children's Foundation by reading the Framework.



    Please FAX the completed form below to:

    To make a donation please download the form

    03 9602 2355

    Or mail to:
    VACRO Children’s Foundation
    PO Box 14093
    Melbourne VIC 8001


    Victorian Association for the Care & Resettlement of offenders
    Level 1/116 Hardware Street Melbourne VIC Australia 3000
    P +61 3 9605 1900 | Free: 1800 049 871 | F +61 3 9602 2355 | E

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