In Jennifer’s current position at MacKillop, she is responsible for all WA Services including their foster care programmes which include innovative collaborations with Aboriginal organisations to provide aboriginal carers for Aboriginal kids on country.
Jennifer was past chair and board member of FRSA and Families Australia, served for 5 years on the Family Law Council of Australia as the community sector appointee and has current positions on the Department for Child Protection Department (WA) Case Review Board and the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre Board.
This paper will take you on a journey of collaboration between MacKillop Family Services and Woolakabunning Kiaka Incorporated the Aboriginal controlled organisation who bought the old Roelands Mission. With MacKillop’s support a home on the site has been turned into a foster care home for children. Carers are from the local Aboriginal community, some having grown up on the old Mission and they are being trained and supported by MacKillop staff to provide therapeutic foster care based on the Sanctuary Model.
Children living in the house will benefit from community run healing programs available at Roelands, while their carers will receive supervision and support from experienced MacKillop staff, in a project expected to improve their chances of finding safety and healing while also preserving their cultural identity.