• A sense of belonging and a home after 18

    Posted on 22 May 2018

    It was the look on Paul Coles face which said it all. Sitting in a restaurant with his family, the daughter he had fostered for 16 years had a surprise ... Read More

  • The song that kept a family together

    Posted on 11 Apr 2018

    Its more than 90 years since the plaintive notes of the Last Rose of Summer drifted over the wall that separated the boys and girls homes in South Melbourne. A ... Read More

  • Painting lessons at Lightning Ridge play group

    Posted on 16 Mar 2018

    Lightning Ridge playgroup, part of MacKillop Rural Community Services (MRCS) in North West New South Wales, became the areas first pop up art gallery when it hosted a visit by ... Read More

  • Making her own future

    Posted on 08 Mar 2018

    A new early intervention program launched in Western Sydney last year is making its mark with local families and children. MacKillop Family Services is delivering Functional Family Therapy Child Welfare ... Read More

  • That first marvellous smile...

    Posted on 22 Feb 2018

    Foster carer Sue McLaughlin loves children, I always said Id have ten kids and through fostering, Im getting close! laughs Sue as she juggles family life and foster care. Sue ... Read More

  • ASK THE EXPERT: Start early to keep kids out of care

    Posted on 16 Feb 2018

    In an ideal world, wed work with fathers before they become fathers, says Roger Pugh from MacKillops Safe Early Years team who take the approach that its never too soon ... Read More

  • Keys for Change

    Posted on 30 Jan 2018

    If you wander through Melbournes streets overthe next week, you might chance across someone playing a painted piano on a street corner. The musical infusion is no accident; its part ... Read More

  • Targeted Care Package hits the mark for Mat

    Posted on 08 Jan 2018

    Sometimes families need a little extra help and with four boys, two of whom have special needs, Mats mum needed additional support to care for her boys, which is how ... Read More

  • When a Small Gift Becomes a Big Deal

    Posted on 28 Dec 2017

    Eleven dollars and sixty cents. That was all. And most of that was in coins. This is all that remains in a young dads pocket as he contemplates the past ... Read More

  • Ask the expert: the importance of involving parents in the Christmas experience

    Posted on 20 Dec 2017

    With all the focus around Christmas-time on family, sharing, gifts and spending time with loved ones it can be easy to overlook the impact this has on children and young ... Read More