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Help change a child's life in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

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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.

The time was right for Melissa and Leon to help kids through foster care

Melissa and Leon became foster carers in January 2015 and currently provide long-term care for a six year old boy, and respite care for two siblings aged seven and nine years. These children enjoy being part of a big family as the Watson's have 10 children between them, as well as an assortment of chickens, cows and pets on their acreage outside Candelo in New South Wales. Melissa works full-time as a nurse and Leon is studying nursing at university. Read More

Foster carer Eric's big weekend family

Eurobodalla foster carer Eric is a single dad. During the week Eric works as a primary school relief teacher, but two weekends a month and during school holidays he provides respite foster care for other local foster carers. Read More

Delia's 'bubbly' personality makes her a brilliant foster carer

Delia is in her second year as a foster carer with MacKillop and lives in Perth. So far she has cared for four sets of siblings, providing weekend respite care so that the other full-time carers can have some time to care for themselves too. MacKillop's out-of-home-care services in Western Australia continue to grow in both the Perth metropolitan and Port Hedland areas. Just under 30 children and young people are currently placed with around 40 foster carer households in respite, short-term and long-term care. One of our respite foster carers is Delia. Read More

Foster care adds a new dimension to Margie and Ken's life

Ken and Margie have been foster carers for 15 years and in that time have looked after 35 children. They have a daughter of their own who was six years old when the family began their foster care journey. Ken and Margie began as short-term, respite and emergency carers and now provide long-term care. Their current foster child, a young girl, has been in their care for four years. Read More