Hanadi Abdufadil, a 46-year-old African Muslim woman and MacKillop foster carer, said she had many differences to the teenage Christian girl in her care, but they made it work.
Amanda* is a foster carer with MacKillop Family Services who is currently providing care for three children in MacKillop's "Home-Based Care House". The Home-Based Care House is an innovative model where the care provided is intended to replicate a family home, with a single volunteer foster carer, a consistent respite carer and other ongoing support staff. The model aims to provide home-like stability for children and young people who would otherwise be cared for in residential care due to the range and level of their needs.
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 Victoria?s largest out-of-home care providers, and we also have out-of-home care services in NSW and WA.
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.