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One of our longtime members, MacKillop Family Services, is seeking the support of the Catholic community to help foster hope and promote justice for children, young people and families; particularly those who have experienced distress, disadvantage and abuse. In particular, they are keen to recruit more foster carers. Carers are necessary partners in assisting many of the children MacKillop supports.

A strong economy and increasing house prices, resulting in continued growth in Victorian Government revenues, has underpinned significant additional budget funding on responding to family violence, transport infrastructure and police numbers. This complements initiatives over the past year in housing access, and child and family support.

The 2018 pre-election budget will be the next major opportunity to redress a missed opportunity to invest more thoroughly in addressing entrenched need and disadvantage.

Our request to Mr Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, is that detention centres safeguard the dignity, wellbeing and personal security of their residents. Click here for our letter; and here for an uninspiring response from Australia Border Force.  A subsequent referral to the Ombudsman has resulted in their deciding to investigate our concerns about human rights.

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Following the success of our inaugural Parish Services Expo held last year in Cheltenham, Catholic Social Services Victoria invites you to participate in, and attend its second expo at St Francis Xavier parish in Montmorency on Saturday 6 May 2017, from 9.30am to 1.30 pm.

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