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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.

Down on the ranch in South-West Victoria - Mackillop's Equine Therapy Hub

Working with horses is a recognised therapy to help reduce stress and lower blood pressure and recent evidence also shows that horse therapy can help treat conditions such as addiction, problems with mental health, PTSD and autism. In a first for south-west Victoria, Mackillop Family Services will use the therapeutic benefits of working with horses to help young people at its new Equine Therapy Hub, south of Warrnambool. Read More

Putting his best foot forward

A very special moment happened for a 12 year old boy last month.

Jake* represented his school in a regional athletics event, supported by his foster carers Kim and Sean*. He came first in both the 100m and 200m events, and has now progressed to state finals.

This achievement is especially remarkable because just 12 months ago, Jake was disengaged from school and sleeping under a slide in a local park. Read More

Celebrating excellence across MacKillop

On Wednesday 8 November, MacKillop Family Services held its 20th Annual Public Meeting (APM) with close to 200 industry colleagues, partners, staff, young people and families coming together to acknowledge the work of MacKillop through the launch of the 2016-17 Annual Report , hear MacKillop's vision for the future , and celebrate the outcomes of staff, foster carers, young people and families. Read More

Patience, love and one hundred million chances

Ben has been a live-in carer to eight year old Lewis* and 17 year old Hayden* - both of whomexperienced significant trauma early in their lives - for just over a year. In that time Hayden and Lewis have each made remarkable progress with the support of Ben, Team Leader Malenie and Case Manager Cassie. Together they share what it's like to care for two boys with very different and very unique needs. Read More