Return to Country

Our Return to Country program facilitates Aboriginal children in care in Victoria (foster care, kinship care, residential care or leaving care) to visit the country of their language or clan groups.

Travelling with a VACCA support worker, the Return to County is part of the young person’s cultural plan and the trip includes all activities, accommodation, meals and travel and may include travel outside of Victoria. This enables the young person to fully immerse into culture and learn about their ancestral connections.

Return to Country involves:

Young people who live in care or who are leaving care the opportunity to travel to their home country to experience their culture and country first hand.

We may visit sacred sites, share knowledge and learnings about songs, stories, art, tracks, places, landforms, plants, animals and natural resources.

We learn from Elders and relatives about the significance of their heritage, stories, totems and clan and family obligations

Foster long lasting connections with extended family, including siblings.

Get started

Get in touch today to learn more about how we arrange a Return to Country for a young person in care in Victoria.


340 Bell Street
Preston Victoria 3072
Ph: 03 9480 7300

Level 2, 26 McCrae St
Dandenong VIC 3175
Ph: 03 9701 4200

25-27 Rintoull Street
Morwell VIC 3840
Ph: 03 5135 6055

Suite 4-6, 108-120 Young Street
Frankston VIC 3199
Ph: 03 8796 0700

Chirnside Park
20 Fletcher Road
Chirnside Park VIC 3116
Ph: 03 8727 0200

75-79 Watton Street
Werribee VIC 3030
Ph: 03 9742 8300

43 Bakery Square
Melton VIC 3337
Ph: 03 8746 2776

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material. To listen to our Acknowledgement of Country, click here.