Last week MacKillop Family Services appeared at the Senate Inquiry in to Out-of-Home Care. Below is our opening statement:
Good Morning, MacKillop Family Services would like to thank the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs for inviting us to speak to the Inquiry this morning. MacKillop provides services in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia to children, young people and families. We are one of Victorias largest out-of-home care providers, and we also have out-of-home care services in NSW and WA.
We provide residential care, foster care and kinship care. We also provide parenting support, disability ...
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is currently conducting its twenty-fourth case study.
Unlike previous case studies, they are not inquiring into a particular institution or experiences of an individual. Rather, it is inquiring specifically into contemporary practices in out-of-home care.
The manner of hearing evidence is also very different to previous hearings with Commissioners hearing from expert panels made up of government representatives and community service organisations currently providing out-of-home care.
Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission, Gail Furness SC, has led between two and five experts on each panel, through a range ...
MacKillops Out-of-Home Care Services recently had a new born baby boy placed with our foster carers while a permanent adoption plan was being arranged through another agency to find permanent adoptive parents for the new born.
Both birth parents were young and the mother gave birth to the little boy only havingfound out she was pregnant and about to give birth at the hospital on the day he was due.
During the first week of the little baby being placed with our foster carers, the birth parents continued to visit him and our carers did a great ...
Helen lives in beautiful Ocean Grove, on the Surf Coast of Geelong. She has been a foster carer with MacKillop for the past six years.
What made you decide to become a foster carer?
Ive always known about foster homes and foster children since I was young and I just always thought that one day Id be a foster carer.
Following a tragedy or negative event where young people are involved we often hear through the media it being said how can we as a community let these things happen. When I read/hear that I wonder if Im ...