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At MacKillop Family Services, we work for the rights of all children to be free to enjoy their childhood in a safe and loving home, where they are nurtured and have a sense of belonging and cultural identity.
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The pioneers of a quiet revolution in child and family care

St Anthony's Family Service, Footscray, has been through many transformations since it started out almost a hundred years ago, as St Anthony's Home for Little Children in Kew.

Established in 1922 to deal with overcrowding at the Babies Home in Broadmeadows, St Anthony's began as a home for babies and toddlers up until they were ready to start school. Read More

"If it wasn't for MacKillop, I wouldn't be where I am today"

At 19 years old, Maryam was homeless. Her family home was no longer safe because of family violence and after four days of staying with friends, she reached out to the NSW Department of Family and Community Services for support. The next day, Maryam was sleeping in a MacKillop Family Services home.

This year's Homelessness Week theme is 'Ending homelessness together' and Maryam is one young person whose story of courage and determination shows what can be achieved when the sector and community work together. Read More

Sharing wisdom through deep listening

Jenny Glare, General Manager of MacKillop's Heritage & Information Service, was guest speaker at a recent Knowledge Circle hosted by the Healing Foundation in Canberra. The Foundation was eager to hear from Jenny, who shared her insights and learnings from MacKillop's highly-regarded approach to supported release of records to care leavers. Read More

"They don't have to worry about the adult things now - they've got the stability just to be kids"

"We didn't have a choice in not being able to have kids, and these kids didn't have a choice in not having a family either; we just compared our position to their position and really wanted to do something to help them out."

Adele and Russell Bull live in Forest Hill, Victoria. Together for nearly seven years and married for two, Adele and Russell became foster carers because after years of trying, they couldn't have children of their own. Read More