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Critical shortage of foster carers as COVID-19 crisis impacts vulnerable families
As Victorians are being encouraged to close their doors to protect their families, foster carers are opening their homes to support children and young people who are unable to live with their own families.
Launching a new school during COVID-19
Through these changing times, the MacKillop Education team persevered with opening a new campus in Caulfield. MacKillop Education Caulfield joins our other two specialist schools, in Maidstone and Geelong, to support students whose learning needs and social and/or emotional behaviours cannot be adequately supported in a mainstream setting.
Paws4Kids - therapy dogs lead the way to learning for vulnerable children
Paws4Kids - Wednesday 22 April 2020
Our four legged friends have been a great source of comfort to those of us confined to home over the last few weeks, but for many vulnerable children, therapy dogs can provide a year round lifeline connecting them to learning and supporting them to recover from trauma.
MacKillop’s Reconciliation Action Plan sets the course for cultural safety
Over the past two years, MacKillop Family Services has embarked on a journey of deep listening and genuine consultation to hear the stories of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities we work with in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. This process of consultation and truth-telling will underpin the practical actions MacKillop will commit to in its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Stormbirds - helping local community deal with grief, loss and trauma from bushfires
The recent bushfires have been unprecedented in their size and scale, causing tragic loss of life and damage. The devastation of the bushfires is compounded by the impacts of one of the most severe droughts on record. Dealing with this ongoing stress and trauma has a profound effect on those involved, especially on children who are directly affected or who are watching traumatic scenes and hearing distressing stories through the media.
What’s the impact of your new year resolution?
Every December and January, we think about what we want to achieve. Often, they are goals we have been thinking about for a long time like finally taking that holiday or making the step in our career. Geelong resident Abby Walsh had been thinking about her goal for 9 years and early this year, she picked up the phone and made the first step towards becoming a foster carer.