• 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

  • We love everything about fostering

    Posted on 19 Jun 2017

    When people picture their retirement, it rarely features ferrying a 10-year-old to weekly netball, swimming and dance activities. But that is just what life looks like for Malua Bay couple, Elizabeth ... Read More

  • From zero to 100 with no looking back

    Posted on 15 Jun 2017

    Eighteen months ago, Peta had no intention of becoming a foster carer. The epiphany came when she split up from her partner and realised she wanted children in her life. ... Read More

  • Love and trust in abundance

    Posted on 13 Jun 2017

    Debra McNeil had only recently moved to Hamilton when she attended a farming show to learn more about rural life and her country community. But rather than come away with ... Read More

  • "It's very rewarding - that's the only way I can sum it up"

    Posted on 09 Jun 2017

    Blacktown couple Tracy and John Connolly are committed foster carers who started fostering over eight years ago when they realised there were so many children out there who needed a ... Read More

  • Foster care has enriched our lives

    Posted on 06 Jun 2017

    Like most foster carers, it was the desire to make a difference in a childs life that first attracted Agapi and her husband Manny to the idea of fostering. That ... Read More

  • PREP yourself for school

    Posted on 02 Mar 2017

    While the first few weeks of a new school year probably brought excitement, structure and a return to household routine, perhaps it has also brought new anxieties coping with the ... Read More

  • New year, new transitions

    Posted on 13 Jan 2017

    The start of a new year is an exciting time for our MacKillop Education students its the summer holidays, the students are enjoying their break and putting into practice the ... Read More

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

    Posted on 21 Dec 2016

    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 ... Read More

  • The power of community conversations

    Posted on 21 Nov 2016

    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 ... Read More