What's happening across MacKillop
Hundreds of children across Australia are waiting on foster carers right now. You can help change that with a donation today.
MacKillop celebrates excellence
Our Annual Public Meeting and Excellence Awards on November 14 shared highlights from the year and celebrated outcomes from clients, volunteers, carers and staff.
Join us in empowering communities and families so children can develop to their potential.
Become a foster carer
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
Little steps towards big change
Overcoming trauma is not a simple process; sometimes it’s a lifelong journey. What might appear to be the littlest of steps to someone on the outside, can in fact be a huge hurdle for someone working to overcome trauma. Celebrating these victories is important, no matter how small the step might be.
"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.
Helping young mothers to find their feet
As any parent knows, looking after young kids can be tough, even for those with support from family and friends. For those without a good support system, it can be downright daunting. For 25-year-old *Teigan, who has two children under three, a partner who is often away working and no family nearby, it began to be too much.
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