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

Targeted Care Package hits the mark for Mat

Sometimes families need a little extra help and with four boys, two of whom have special needs, Mat's mum needed additional support to care for her boys, which is how Mat* came to live in one of MacKillop Family Service's residential homes when he was seven years old. Read More

When a Small Gift Becomes a Big Deal

Eleven dollars and sixty cents. That was all. And most of that was in coins. This is all that remains in a young dad's pocket as he contemplates the past year. A year that, to him, seemed full of let downs and failures. His battles with homelessness, unemployment, past trauma, and heartache all paled in comparison to the fact that he was unable to care for his young daughter, and indeed, unable to buy her a single gift for Christmas. Read More

End of an era as Southern Region foster carers say goodbye to nappies, bottles and lots and lots of hugs

MacKillop Family Services bade a sad farewell recently to some of its most valued foster carers who have been providing happy homes for children in Melbourne for a combined 79 years. Read More

Ask the expert: the importance of involving parents in the Christmas experience

With all the focus around Christmas-time on family, sharing, gifts and spending time with loved ones it can be easy to overlook the impact this has on children and young people in care. For many, this time of the year can be a time of anxiety, fear and loneliness. It can be a time of conflicting emotions and an increased desire to have contact with their families. Read More