Tania* is 14 years old and has been in care with her siblings for most of her life. They have experienced severe domestic violence and have been exposed to significant trauma - which resulted in them being placed in foster care.
Tania is bright and resilient, however her trauma means she suffers from depression, mood swings, and feelings of isolation.
Earlier this year the Senate's Standing Committee on Community Affairs conducted an inquiry into out-of-home care (OOHC). Their report was released in August 2015.
MacKillop Family Services prepared a written submission to the Inquiry and was invited to appear at Committee hearings in Melbourne and Canberra.
Jazz Bir, from our Education Services, shares with us the creative approaches that are sometimes required to get young people back in the classroom.
As a coordinator with MacKillop Education Services, based in west Melbourne, I work with many young people who, for a variety of reasons, are at risk of disengaging from education. As well as providing educational support to these young people, my role can sometimes include coming up with creative ways to re-engage a young person with mainstream education and find the spark that will make them passionate about learning.
Siobhan O'Kelly-Kennedy, Residential Care Worker with MacKillop, shares a heart-warming story of how two young artists in our care made a little girl's day.
I work in one of our residential care houses and recently had the opportunity to accompany two of our young people, Daniel* and Alex*, to Hosier Lane, a legal street art area in Melbourne's CBD where people can express themselves through art legally and safely.