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Become a foster carer

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.

Ask the Expert: 8 Strategies for Foster Carers

Therapeutic Foster Care Practitioner Barbara Schwalm shares her top strategies for positively managing challenging behaviours... and keeping yourself calm and centred at the same time. Like all parents, foster carers have good days, challenging days, and days when you might wonder if it's all worthwhile. This is natural, particularly when you are caring for children and young people who, through no fault of their own, may have endured traumatic or difficult experiences. Read More

Understanding Trauma is Key to Student-Centered Education

As teachers we know that every student is unique, that students learn in different ways, and that as teachers we can teach in different ways. Historically, education has focused on teacher-centered approaches, where students put all of their focus on the teacher, and the teacher talks while the students listen. Read More

A Musical Outlet for Tania

Tania* is 14 years old and has been in care with her siblings for most of her life. They have experienced severe domestic violence and have been exposed to significant trauma - which resulted in them being placed in foster care. Tania is bright and resilient, however her trauma means she suffers from depression, mood swings, and feelings of isolation. Read More

Working to Improve Out-of-Home Care for Australian Children

Earlier this year the Senate's Standing Committee on Community Affairs conducted an inquiry into out-of-home care (OOHC). Their report was released in August 2015. MacKillop Family Services prepared a written submission to the Inquiry and was invited to appear at Committee hearings in Melbourne and Canberra. Read More

Our Supporters

We would like to thank all those in the community who believe in MacKillop; your support enables us to assist disadvantaged children, young people and families in the community.

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