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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.

New year, new transitions

The start of a new year is an exciting time for our MacKillop Education students? it?s the summer holidays, the students are enjoying their break and putting into practice the experiential water-based activities they learned in 2016 - surfing, snorkelling and surf life-saving skills. Read More

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

LeAnne Ross, Senior Therapeutic Practitioner, Clinical Services at MacKillop Family Services shares her insights. Christmas and summer holidays it can be a time of joy, excitement, families and togetherness. But for many children in care, many of whom have experienced abuse and neglect, it can be a time of conflicting emotions, higher stress and altered behaviours. While children and young people in care may be excited for the summer holidays and spending time with their foster family, they can also experience feelings of loss and sadness. Sometimes this period triggers memories of past trauma (for example, ... Read More

Love over a cheeseburger - Why students re-wrote Shakespeare

As you may have read, back in April MacKillops Education Services in Geelong decided to go ahead with an ambitious major school production of Romeo and Juliet. It is well documented of the transformative effects that creative performance-based projects can have on a young persons identity development, self-esteem, confidence and sense of belonging amongst their school peers. Thats why we wanted to provide our students with the opportunity to be involved in the development and performance a whole-school production, which would help increase their connection to their community. We were determined that the show would look and feel ... Read More

The power of community conversations

Earlier this year, our Family Relationship Centre (FRC) at Broadmeadows held its annual community dinner. The dinner brings together community leaders from a wide range of sectors, including representatives from diverse cultural, ethnic and religious groups; representatives from a range of Government Departments; Victoria Police; local councils; and recently-arrived migrants and refugees. The aim of the dinner is to promote respect, understanding and acceptance, and to foster harmony within the community. The dinner also provided the opportunity to have a community conversation on a local topic of interest. This year, the theme was The impact of ... Read More