What is Residential Care?

MacKillop Family Services provides short and long-term residential care for young people who cannot live at home with their families, or with foster or kinship carers.

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Young people in residential care live in houses with MacKillop staff and up to three other young people, creating an environment that is as homelike as possible.

MacKillop provides residential care across Victoria, using a therapeutic approach whenever possible to address the previous trauma that the young people in our care may have suffered.

Young People in Residential Care

Young people in residential care can have complex needs and include some of the most at-risk children and young people in Victoria. They are generally aged between 13 and 17, and many have experienced the trauma of child abuse, neglect, or violence.

We are committed to finding foster or kinship care homes for the majority of children in our care. However, residential care can be a more appropriate option to support those who have experienced significant trauma.

Young people in care who have been traumatised need a therapeutic environment which meets their emotional and developmental needs and enables them to heal.

A stable care environment is critical to maximise the opportunity for these children and young people to receive appropriate therapeutic treatment, heal from trauma, and engage in education and other important community services.

The young people in our Residential Care program live in a home with a team of dedicated carers, who provide 24/7 care and support to help the young people to make positive lifestyle choices and develop independent living skills.

Therapeutic Residential Care

Therapeutic Residential Care is an important option for children and young people with multiple and complex needs. It is focused on healing and recovery from the effects of abuse, neglect and separation from family.

There is substantial evidence to demonstrate that young people living in Therapeutic Residential Care achieve better outcomes on a range of measures, including better placement stability, increased healthy lifestyle choices, enhanced mental and emotional health, improved relationships, and increased community connection.

Residential care is an essential component of the out-of-home care service system, and MacKillop is continually reviewing and developing our residential care programs in order to provide the best possible outcomes for the children and young people in our care.