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Help change a child's life in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

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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.
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Unlocking the key to understanding

Alice has been profoundly deaf since birth. She communicates using Auslan (sign language), but very few people are familiar with this language, and Alice is unable to lip read. When she came to live in a MacKillop home in November last year, Alice was unable to communicate with our staff, or the other young people she was living with.

Her history of trauma and self-harm were compounded by her communication difficulties and she quickly became agitated and withdrawn. Read More

The song that kept a family together

It's more than 90 years since the plaintive notes of the Last Rose of Summer drifted over the wall that separated the boys' and girls' homes in South Melbourne. A young Bob Dowdell knew that his sister, Esme, was listening on the other side of the wall and playing her favourite song on the cornet was the only way Bob could hold onto the ties that bound them together.

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MacKillop Family Services explores child safe practice and prevention at its inaugural conference

In December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its final report, showcasing for the first time the true extent of child sexual abuse in Australia. Three months on, MacKillop Family Services bought the sector together at its Child Safe Organisations conference to explore child safe practice and prevention and ensure the ongoing safety of children and young people in Australia. Read More

Painting lessons at Lightning Ridge play group

Lightning Ridge playgroup, part of MacKillop Rural Community Services (MRCS) in North West New South Wales, became the areas first 'pop up' art gallery when it hosted a visit by an artist from the Northern Territory. Read More