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

A lot of people wonder these days: How do I give my life more meaning?

Every single person in Australia believes children and teenagers should have a safe home environment we dont have any excuse to not be part of the solution Joe. A lot of people wonder these days: How do I give my life more meaning? For many of us that might involve caring and supporting our own friends and family. It might be working in healthcare, teaching or social services. It might be donating to social justice causes which help improve the lives of others. Or it could be what young Western Sydney couple Emma and Joe are ... Read More

Can you help us find a home-based carer for a Cara at MacKillop home in Glen Waverley?

Cara at MacKillop is seeking carers to provide a safe and supportive home environment for the young people living in its Adolescent Community Placement home in Glen Waverley. The home can accommodate up to three young people, and is currently home to a brother and sister, aged 13 and 15. Natalie Rio, Team Leader at Cara at MacKillop, says it is an extremely rewarding role and that carers will receive regular, structured support and professional development to help them transform the lives of the young people in the house. You can have a huge impact on these ... Read More

New year, new transitions

The start of a new year is an exciting time for our MacKillop Education students? it?s the summer holidays, the students are enjoying their break and putting into practice the experiential water-based activities they learned in 2016 - surfing, snorkelling and surf life-saving skills. Read More

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

LeAnne Ross, Senior Therapeutic Practitioner, Clinical Services at MacKillop Family Services shares her insights. Christmas and summer holidays it can be a time of joy, excitement, families and togetherness. But for many children in care, many of whom have experienced abuse and neglect, it can be a time of conflicting emotions, higher stress and altered behaviours. While children and young people in care may be excited for the summer holidays and spending time with their foster family, they can also experience feelings of loss and sadness. Sometimes this period triggers memories of past trauma (for example, ... Read More