St Josephs Cowper joins with MacKillop Family Services enhancing support for children, young people and families in the Clare

Posted on 23 Nov 2017

St Joseph’s Cowper, a valued part of the Clarence Valley region for more than 100 years and a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea, has transitioned its operations to MacKillop Family Services.

The transition has been driven by the Sisters of Mercy to ensure the ongoing delivery of St Joseph’s Cowper’s foster care, residential care and community programs.

While all current St Joseph’s Cowper programs and services will remain the same, the transition provides MacKillop Family Services with the opportunity to expand the support provided to clients and foster carers, and increase the positive outcomes of St Joseph’s Cowper’s work through shared skills, resources and knowledge.

“It is an honour to welcome the St Joseph’s Cowper team”, said Maryanne Jacobs, NSW State Director for MacKillop. “As we welcome ministries from our founding congregations, we are reminded of the trust placed in us to continue their mission and ethos, through these services and as we continue to grow.

“We believe the transition is a positive development for both organisations which will enhance outcomes for vulnerable children and young people of the Clarence Valley community.”

About MacKillop Family Services
In 1997, MacKillop Family Services was formed by three founding congregations — the Sisters of Mercy, the Christian Brothers and the Sisters of St Joseph.

MacKillop Family Services operates across NSW, Victoria and Western Australia providing foster and residential care, family preservation, education, disability and youth homelessness services.

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For further information, or to interview Maryanne Jacobs, please contact Louise Carson, Media & Communications Coordinator, MacKillop Family Services on 0418 361 110 or email