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  • Artworks help to make homes welcoming for young Aboriginal people

    Posted on 10 Jul 2017

    Art is a potent way of imparting stories and is particularly significant in Aboriginal culture. When MacKillops Out of Home Care Western Metro division was brainstorming how to make residential homes ... Read More

  • Music therapy: a powerful tool in healing from trauma

    Posted on 07 Jul 2017

    For young people who have suffered trauma, talking about their experiences doesnt come easily. Its no surprise that when the conversation is part of a song or musical expression, its ... Read More

  • Growth across borders: Expansion into NSW

    Posted on 05 Jul 2017

    Geographic coverage of MacKillops programs in NSW at 1 July 2017.* While MacKillop Family Services is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, this month our NSW services clock up 8 years ... Read More

  • New beginnings in NSW

    Posted on 03 Jul 2017

    MacKillop Family Services has started the new financial year with an exciting expansion of its services and programs in NSW. Two ministries of the Sisters of St Joseph Good ... Read More

  • From the cradle to the grave

    Posted on 03 Jul 2017

    In the winter of 1932, a baby no more than a few weeks of age, entered the St Josephs Babies Home in Broadmeadows, Victoria. His name was Peter. Peter was placed ... Read More

  • The formative years - discovering MacKillop Family Services

    Posted on 02 Jul 2017

    In 1997, MacKillop Family Services launched with over 100 individual services delivering residential care, foster care, education, disability and family support across Melbourne and Geelong. Within the first year, a strategic ... Read More

  • Coming together: MacKillop's formation

    Posted on 01 Jul 2017

    Leaders from MacKillops early years gather to celebrate MacKillops 20th anniversary.From left to right: Brian Mitchell, Paul Linossier, Penny Noonan, Sr Kath Tierney, John Hurren, Sr Mary Duffy, Sr Joan ... Read More

  • Parenting with confidence

    Posted on 28 Jun 2017

    At 22, Jacinta found herself in a difficult place: pregnant and facing life as a single mother. With no family support and no friends with children to lean on for help, ... Read More

  • The rewards are too many to count

    Posted on 26 Jun 2017

    Leanne Bartlett vividly remembers her first foster care placement 22 years ago. A single mother at the time with two toddlers of her own, Leannes home swiftly grew with the ... Read More

  • How childhood trauma affects learning and how to help children overcome it

    Posted on 21 Jun 2017

    As recently as the 1980s, many professionals thought that by the time babies were born, the structure of their brains had been genetically determined. However, research has since demonstrated that ... Read More