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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 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.

I didn't think I could foster children... I'm so glad I was wrong

I'm 34, single, and I work full-time. I don't have children, and I live in a share house. While I'd felt for a long time I had the emotional resources to be a foster carer, I didn't see how it could work practically. Then I found out about home-based respite care- a model where I could go and live-in with the kids for one weekend a month, rather than them coming to me. I didn't need my own home; I could continue working full-time, and I would be supported by a larger care team of MacKillop ... Read More

One size DOESN'T fit all - Individual approaches to students' education

I have many friends who are teachers and often I hear them say that the most important aspect of their teaching is their passionate commitment to unlocking the potential in each and every one of their students. But how do you achieve this in a classroom with so many diverse personalities? To me, it means that before trying to teach a young person, we need to engage, enchant and motivate them. In some cases, we may be the only people in their lives to do this. Read More

Ask a foster care expert: Emotion coaching

Children and young people in care can often deal with extreme feelings and have difficulty managing their subsequent behaviours. Emotion coaching is a research-based five-step process developed by Dr. John Gottman (US psychology researcher). It teaches children and young people how to recognise their emotions and healthy ways to express them. Read More

More than just veggies growing in our garden

Richard and Brad, key teachers at MacKillop Education Services, share with us how their school's veggie patch is achieving some surprising results for students. The Food for Life project has passed and much of the hot summer breeze has gone for this year, but the veggie patch at MacKillop School Geelong still stands tall! In fact we have discovered that this former little patch of lawn has more power than we originally thought. Read More

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