Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care (2003)

MacKillop Family Services welcomes the Senate Inquiry into children in institutional care. MacKillop is a relatively new organization, having been incorporated in 1997, but it is historically linked with seven services that provided care for many thousands of children and young people for over a century in Melbourne and Geelong.

It is a privilege to work for the wellbeing of children and young people who are unable to live with their families as well as to support families and relinquishing parents. In the long history and tradition of care there are achievements to be proud of and there are also, sadly, actions to be regretted. There is much to learn from previous generations who have been in care and worked in care, and there is more to learn today.