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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.

Foster Carer Profile: Tess

Tess* is one of MacKillops experienced foster carers. She has been making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children for almost 30 years. Tess lives in the Blue Mountains and is currently caring for a 16 year old girl and a four year old girl. Also living with her is her 20 year old foster daughter who Tess has cared for since she was nine months old. Tess has four children (two biological and two adopted) and 10 grandchildren. What made you decide to become a foster carer? I used to see advertisements on TV for ... Read More

Foster Carer Profile: Caroline and Brian

Caroline and Brian are foster carers in our southern Melbourne region. Caroline shares their experiences and insights of foster care. How long have you been a foster carer? Six years What made you decide to become a foster carer? I was having an in-depth discussion with a family member about the need for more foster carers. We were overseas travelling at the time and I vowed that as soon as we returned home I would apply! Within three months of returning home I had completed the training and was accredited. How many kids have you cared for and who are ... Read More

Moving from respite care to full-time foster care

What is it like to go from one end of the foster care scale to the other? MacKillop foster carer Lisa did just that. She works full time as a travel agent and had been a respite carer for a young girl for a number of years. MacKillop provides a variety of different foster caring options. Respite carers provide a break for full-time carers by taking a foster child for a night or a weekend. Full-time carers will look after a child or young person for months or years. Having not been around lots of children or ... Read More

Four tips for caring for teenagers in foster care

1. Make them a part of your family Teenagers absolutely hate being singled out as different. If your foster child is the same age as another young person in your home, make sure they are treated the same. If rules are different for them, the reasons should be clear and fair. Opportunities must exist for your foster child to earn the same privileges as other young people in your home. 2. Teach them life lessons Sometimes it is easier for you to do everything for a young person, such as washing their clothes, making their appointments, and running ... Read More

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