OzChild Marks 170 Years

Brightening futures since 1851

Find out how you can get involved

For 170 years OzChild has been focused on creating brighter futures for children and young people. It is our hope that by giving children and young people the chance to shine, by delivering programs and services that work, and by supporting them to thrive in safe and nurturing homes, the children of today will lead us to a brighter tomorrow.

OzChild has a rich history of providing care for children and young people dating back to 1851. While our programs and services have evolved, we have never lost sight of our vision that all children and young people are safe, respected, nurtured, and reach their full potential.

May the children of today lead us to a brighter tomorrow

This statement encapsulates the very essence of the work we do at OzChild. For 170 years we have been focused on creating brighter futures for children and young people.

Understanding, honoring, and learning from our history, stretching back to the antecedents of the original Melbourne Orphanage in 1851, has been an important part of OzChild’s evolution and that of the child welfare sector. Our programs and services have evolved as we strive for a better future, and never lose sight of our vision that all children and young people are safe, respected, nurtured, and reach their full potential.

Marking 170 years

One of the greatest gifts one can give is the gift of hope. With the support of our Village of carers, our staff, corporate and philanthropic partners, and individuals who share our vision, we provide an abundance of hope for children, young people, and their families. READ MORE

How can you help?

Join us as we strive to ensure brighter futures for children and young people.

Partner with us during our 170th year to help achieve better outcomes for young Australians.

Our Marketing, Communications and Fundraising team can assist you by providing collateral, assets, content and copy to ensure any activities you undertake in support of our 170th activities are a success.

Please email us at fundraise@ozchild.org.au to find out more.

170th Anniversary Message from President, Helen Maxwell-Wright
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170th Anniversary Message from Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lisa J. Griffiths
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OzChild’s History & Legacy
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