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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.

Foster Carer Profile: Helen

Helen lives in beautiful Ocean Grove, on the Surf Coast of Geelong. She has been a foster carer with MacKillop for the past six years. What made you decide to become a foster carer? Ive always known about foster homes and foster children since I was young and I just always thought that one day Id be a foster carer. Following a tragedy or negative event where young people are involved we often hear through the media it being said how can we as a community let these things happen. When I read/hear that I wonder if Im ... Read More

Foster Carer Profile: Tess

Tess* is one of MacKillops experienced foster carers. She has been making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children for almost 30 years. Tess lives in the Blue Mountains and is currently caring for a 16 year old girl and a four year old girl. Also living with her is her 20 year old foster daughter who Tess has cared for since she was nine months old. Tess has four children (two biological and two adopted) and 10 grandchildren. What made you decide to become a foster carer? I used to see advertisements on TV for ... Read More

Foster Carer Profile: Caroline and Brian

Caroline and Brian are foster carers in our southern Melbourne region. Caroline shares their experiences and insights of foster care. How long have you been a foster carer? Six years What made you decide to become a foster carer? I was having an in-depth discussion with a family member about the need for more foster carers. We were overseas travelling at the time and I vowed that as soon as we returned home I would apply! Within three months of returning home I had completed the training and was accredited. How many kids have you cared for and who are ... Read More

Moving from respite care to full-time foster care

What is it like to go from one end of the foster care scale to the other? MacKillop foster carer Lisa did just that. She works full time as a travel agent and had been a respite carer for a young girl for a number of years. MacKillop provides a variety of different foster caring options. Respite carers provide a break for full-time carers by taking a foster child for a night or a weekend. Full-time carers will look after a child or young person for months or years. Having not been around lots of children or ... Read More

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