Tania* is 14 years old and has been in care with her siblings for most of her life. They have experienced severe domestic violence and have been exposed to significant trauma - which resulted in them being placed in foster care.
Tania is bright and resilient, however her trauma means she suffers from depression, mood swings, and feelings of isolation.
Earlier this year the Senate's Standing Committee on Community Affairs conducted an inquiry into out-of-home care (OOHC). Their report was released in August 2015.
MacKillop Family Services prepared a written submission to the Inquiry and was invited to appear at Committee hearings in Melbourne and Canberra.
MacKillop is excited to announce the introduction of Sanctuary training specifically for MacKillop foster carers, and it's already having an effect.
The Sanctuary Model is the foundation for how MacKillop works with clients and each other. The model integrates trauma theory with tools to overcome the impacts of adversity, loss and change. It recognises that trauma has an impact on not only the people who seek our services but also our employees and carers providing these services.
An important part of raising a child is giving him or her the opportunity to make their own decisions in an appropriate manner. This may be allowing a five year old to select which pair of socks to wear, to asking a 10 year old to decide what sport she would like to play, to encouraging a 15 year old to choose for himself what subjects to study at school.