Aboriginal Child Specialist Advice and Support Service

Lakidjeka is a Yorta Yorta word meaning ‘the child’ or ‘children’.

The Lakidjeka Aboriginal Child Specialist Advice and Support Service (ACSASS) program provides culturally appropriate advice and consultation on decisions that determine the future of at-risk Aboriginal children; such as whether there is a strong need for Aboriginal children to be removed from their families, and relocated to a place of safety.

Lakidjeka staff ensure decisions are made with the advice and knowledge of Aboriginal people. Other states and territories look to the program for best practice in including Aboriginal people in joint decision making processes.

Lakidjeka ACSASS operates in a number of regions across Victoria, including:

  • North Metro Melbourne
  • Eastern Melbourne
  • Southern Melbourne
  • Morwell
  • Shepparton
  • Bairnsdale
  • Echuca
  • Wodonga
  • Geelong
  • Heywood