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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.

Ask the expert: The What, How and Why of Behavioural Support Plans

Sometimes children and young people in care need additional support to manage the difficulties they are experiencing. These could be difficulties at school, in the carer home, or out in the community.

Often, when these difficulties occur we can use our resources as carers, families, case managers, residential workers, and practitioners to navigate the behaviours and the situations that may trigger certain behaviours. Read More

Welcome St Joseph's Cowper

MacKillop Family Services in NSW continues to expand with St Joseph's Cowper - a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea - joining MacKillop Family Services on 1 October 2017. St Joseph's Cowper is based in the NSW north-coast town of Grafton. Read More

Foster caring showed us a different way of living

With more than 20 years' experience as foster carers in New Zealand, Anne and Sarah knew they wanted to continue their journey as carers when they settled in Australia. It was complete chance however that Anne walked into a MacKillop office whilst on a lunch break almost three years ago. A walk to get coffee turned into a chat with our care team, then one thing led to the next and the rest is history. Read More

The love is different - a positive different

Kiama Downs couple Emma and Adam work as a registered nurse and an Aboriginal mental health care professional. They are also long-term foster parents to Brittany (name changed) who is four years old. They have a seven year old biological daughter called Caitilin. Read More