Two-thousand and ninety-five teddy bears at the Melbourne Town Hall (but it's no picnic)

Posted on 20 Aug 2013

Today, Tuesday 20 August, 2095 teddy bears were sitting on the Melbourne Town Hall steps to represent the overwhelming number of children currently in foster care in Victoria. 

The Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People Bernie Geary and MacKillop Family Services CEO Micaela Cronin attended the event, which coincides with the launch of MacKillop Family Services’ Foster Care Fortnight.

“There are thousands of children in foster care and this number unfortunately grows every day,” said Micaela Cronin, CEO of MacKillop Family Services.

“What these children need most is a safe and nurturing place to call home, so that they can begin to live the kind of childhood they deserve.” 

Foster Care Fortnight is a MacKillop Family Services initiative that was established to highlight the urgent need for more foster carers across Australia and runs from 18 to 31 August 2013.

Foster carers come from all types of backgrounds and families. MacKillop provides comprehensive training and support and regular breaks. All foster carers are also entitled to financial reimbursement. 

To find out more about becoming a foster carer please call 1300 791 677 or visit

Media Release PDF 

MacKillop Family Services is a leading provider of services for children, young people and their families in Melbourne, Geelong, Warrnambool and New South Wales, and is now establishing a presence in Western Australia. The programs we deliver include home- based and residential care, refugee services, disability services, youth support, education and training, family support and support to women and men who as children, were in the care of our founding agencies.  Further information can be found at

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Jackie Doran, Communications Coordinator - Media and Publications
MacKillop Family Services
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