Our existence as MacKillop Family Services began on 1 July 1997. But our history extends back more than 150 years, when the Sisters of Mercy, Christian Brothers and Sisters of St Joseph began their work in Australia, establishing homes for children who were orphaned, destitute or neglected, and for families in need of care and support.
Just like our founders, we are deeply committed to our work and we are driven by social justice. We continue to live the values of the courageous and visionary Mary MacKillop, Catherine McAuley and Edmund Rice who inspire us today.
Our focus areas are outlined in our Strategic Plan 2020-2027, which you can read here. The strategic goals outlined in this plan put families at the heart of our vision, and we are passionate about working with families and communities so children can thrive.
We bring our values to life with the Sanctuary Model. Sanctuary is an evidence-supported, whole-of-organisation framework that is trauma-informed, focused on safety and guides how we respond as an agency.
MacKillop Family Services was established in 1997. But our history dates to the 1800s and was founded on a deep commitment to caring for the most marginalised children, young people and families in our community.
Our Guiding Principles
Our guiding principles underpin all our actions and inform every decision we make.
At MacKillop Family Services, we are passionate about working with communities so children can thrive. Our services begin at supporting families so they can build on their strengths, and create an environment where children can develop to their potential.
At MacKillop Family Services we believe in people. Our leadership team drives the culture at MacKillop.
Our work is made possible through the generous donations and ongoing commitment of many individuals, community organisations, businesses and philanthropic partners.