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MacKillop Family Services, a Catholic community agency, exists to support, foster hope, and promote justice for children, young people and families, particularly those who have experienced distress, disadvantage and abuse.

Giving young people in care the skills to succeed

When young people grow don't have stable and nurturing family environment, and grow up in out-of-home care instead, it can be hard for them to learn the everyday skills many of us take for granted. MacKillop Family Services' Way Out There program was developed to address this problem and equip these young people with the employment, independent living, social and emotional skills that will increase their chances of successfully transitioning from care. Read More

Ask a foster care expert: The PACE parenting principles for children who have experienced trauma

In this installment of 'Ask a foster care expert' our Therapeutic Care Team take you through PACE parenting approach. The PACE principles of parenting can be a great resource for parents or foster carers looking for guidance on interacting with children and young people in care, particularly those who have experienced trauma. PACE stands for Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy. It was developed by Dr. Dan Hughes, a clinical psychologist based in the United States, who specialises in the treatment of children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect. Read More

Teachers: what is your students' behaviour saying to you?

Educators have known for some time about the importance of allowing students to have a voice in their learning, teaching and schooling. We know that by allowing students to have a hand in shaping their learning experiences, we create better engagement, participation and ownership. We can create the leaders of tomorrow, as well as be inclusive of those students who previously felt disempowered within the school context. Read More

National Reconciliation Week 2016

The theme for this year's National Reconciliation Week is 'Our History, Our Story, Our Future'. This year's theme inspired staff from our South Melbourne site to perform some research into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and story of the local area. This is what they discovered. Read More

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We would like to thank all those in the community who believe in MacKillop; your support enables us to assist disadvantaged children, young people and families in the community.

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