Mindfulness is increasingly being recognised as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, build emotional intelligence, and handle painful thoughts and feelings.
An innovative Mindfulness in Schools program is making a big impact on the lives of teenage students facing the challenges of school, growing up, and relationships. It is being run by MacKillop Family Services? Early Intervention Placement Prevention team in Western Sydney.
MacKillop Family Services strives to play a leadership role in changing social policy and achieving better outcomes for the children, young people and families we work with.
Over the past six months we have worked closely with our frontline staff to develop submissions on a range of important issues. These submissions draw on our own experience of what works well and what issues we may be able to influence, as well as looking at best practice from across the sector, as well as sector and academic research.
MacKillop carers Kay* and Derek* explain the impact they were able to have on two children in their care and their joy when the children were reunited with their birth father.
Kay and Derek were accredited as foster carers with MacKillop in April 2014. They provided respite and emergency placements for a number of children in need, until Ali* and Maryam* came to stay with them. What was a originally a three week placement became nine months.
Twenty-seven year old couple Sarah and James work fulltime as a medical resident and civil engineer. They are also respite foster carers for seven-year-old Chloe*, who stays with them one weekend every month.
Sarah kindly took the time out of her packed schedule to discuss juggling acts and the rewards of fitting foster care into their busy lives.