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Hope for their future
Friday 19 February was Care Day - the world’s largest celebration of the rights of children and young people with care experience. It is a time to focus on the achievements of young people in care and to ensure that they have access to the same opportunities as every other young person.
Make it your New Year resolution to change a young life forever
Shortage of foster carers is an issue in every state in Australia and at MacKillop Family Services, is calling for people to take time this holiday season to consider if they could offer a safe home to a child in need and become a foster carer.
Stormbirds lightening the weight of bushfire trauma for southern NSW schoolchildren
It’s been a testing time for communities in southern New South Wales who are still reeling from the onslaught of a series of natural disasters 12 months ago, closely followed by a global pandemic.
Taking care of the carers: the unsung heroes of 2020
2020 has been a testing year for all of us, but for the critically low numbers of foster carers in Australia, it’s been a year like no other. The bushfires, closely followed by COVID-19 restrictions, put increased pressure on many already vulnerable families, resulting in greater demands on foster carers throughout the country.
Power to Kids – innovative program supports young people at risk of sexual abuse
Children and young people living in residential out of home care are at significant risk of experiencing child sexual abuse, but a groundbreaking Australian program, Power to Kids: Respecting Sexual Safety, has identified strategies to recognise and intervene early when they are the targets of harmful sexual behaviour, child sexual exploitation and dating violence.
Resilience out of adversity – key supports to build resilient communities
From its experience supporting communities to deal with change, loss and trauma, the MacKillop Institute has identified eight key pillars that, when considered in the design of supports to children, young people and families, create resilient communities.