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

The rewards are too many to count

Leanne Bartlett vividly remembers her first foster care placement 22 years ago. A single mother at the time with two toddlers of her own, Leanne's home swiftly grew with the arrival of three children, aged 3, 18 months and a newborn. It was a baptism that still brings a laugh from the 45-year-old mother of six. Read More

How childhood trauma affects learning and how to help children overcome it

As recently as the 1980s, many professionals thought that by the time babies were born, the structure of their brains had been genetically determined. However, research has since demonstrated that early exposure to abuse and neglect leads to altered brain functioning. Childhood abuse and other extreme stressors can have lasting effects on areas of the brain that are involved in memory, learning and emotion. Read More

We love everything about fostering

When people picture their retirement, it rarely features ferrying a 10-year-old to weekly netball, swimming and dance activities.

But that is just what life looks like for Malua Bay couple, Elizabeth and Bernard Basevi, both in their 60s. And they couldn't be happier. Read More

From zero to 100 with no looking back

Eighteen months ago, Peta had no intention of becoming a foster carer. The epiphany came when she split up from her partner and realised she wanted children in her life. With so many children in need of loving homes, foster caring felt like a natural choice. Read More