What's happening across MacKillop
It takes a village
Finding the right role model can be tricky for any young person, but even more so for those in foster care. MacKillop Family Services is piloting a volunteer mentor program in South West Victoria to connect children and young people with mentors.
200 children in 26 years: Kylie's foster care story
When mother-of-three Kylie Jackson became a foster carer at the age of 23, it probably didn’t dawn on her she would care for hundreds of children over the next two and half decades.
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By providing a stable home, you can help give children and young people a brighter future.
Your gift today can help a child heal from past trauma and develop to their potential in a supportive and nurturing family.
Volunteers are a vital part of our team. They make a unique contribution by providing valuable support that complements MacKillop’s staff.
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.
MacKillop Family Services provides support to some of the most vulnerable families in our communities.
Child, Youth & Family
Empowering children, young people and families so they can heal from past trauma and develop to their potential.
Young people learn most effectively when they feel safe and supported. Our programs support people who are disengaged from education to reconnect with learning.
We support children and young people with a disability and their families through tailored services that build confidence and encourage independence. MacKillop is a registered NDIS provider.
Our Heritage and Information Service provides a search and support service for people seeking information about Catholic homes and orphanages.
Meet the people supported by MacKillop
Breaking the cycle of violence
Nineteen years old, Aimee had left a violent partner to protect her newborn child. She did what she could but was still concerned about their safety as she was living with her mother, who was also violent towards Aimee and her sister.
Working towards a brighter future
Dazza* came into foster care at the age of 14 as his parents were unable to care for him. He had experienced extensive trauma which had a significant impact on his social life and capacity to engage in school. When he came to live at a MacKillop residential home the following year, Dazza had behaviours of violence, drug use, absconding and crime.
"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.
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