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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 agency, exists to support, foster hope, and promote justice for children, young people and families, particularly those who have experienced distress, disadvantage and abuse.

Truth is at the heart of healing

Today marks the start of National Reconciliation Week, an annual event building on respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The week is bookended by the anniversaries of two important milestones: the historic 1967 referendum on 27 May and the landmark Mabo ruling in the High Court on 3 June, 1992. Read More

Maintaining contact between parents and children in care

Maintaining positive relationships with families of origin can be a struggle for many children living in out-of-home care. But for the majority of children, contact with a parent, sibling or relative is not just possible - it is critical to healthy development and the ability to heal from trauma.
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Supporting children for three generations, and counting...

Caring for children in need has been a focus of Pauline's life for many years. Today, along with husband Shane and her family, Pauline continues to transform the lives of young people who cannot live with their families.

Years ago along with her parents, Fr Peter Hudson and the Nunan family, Pauline started a local Nobody's Children branch to fundraise for disadvantaged children.
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The importance of childhood photographs

Last time I visited my grandparents, my grandfather pulled out a photograph of my grandmother with my dad, aged four, and my aunt, aged one. It was a fuzzy blown up photocopy, but the genuine smile on my grandmother's face was clear enough to give insight into the joy in that moment. My father, distracted by a toy he was holding, had a cheeky look on his face that I can still recognise today, some 62 years later. Read More