Djooraminda was the new name given to Centrecare Children's Cottages in 1992, providing culturally-appropriate accommodation and and support services to Aboriginal children aged from 0-15 years on admission. 'Djooraminda' is from the Buddemia language (Yalgoo/Paynes Find area): 'djoora' means child and 'minda' means place.
By 1994, Djooraminda was funded by the Department for Community Development to provide placements for up to 30 children in metropolitan and country areas, including group Homes in Northam (three Homes), Viveash and Glendalough.
By 1997, the children admitted to facilities run by Djooraminda were younger, with the average age being 5 years. There was no longer a need for an education officer, but family reunification and support was a key focus. There was an emphasis on preparing the children to return to family or a longer-term foster placement.
After its change of name in 1992, Djooraminda had kept the management committee structure that had governed Centrecare Children's Cottages. In 2002, Djooraminda became an agency of Centrecare Inc, the social welfare services bureau of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. Although their names are similar, Centrecare Inc is not related to the former Centrecare Children's Cottages.
Djooraminda continued to deliver services for Aboriginal children requiring out of home care, under agreements with the departments responsible for child welfare. In 2003, Djooraminda was funded to provide long-term cottage care placements for up to 30 children aged 6-15 years. From 2006, placements were extended to admit children younger than 6 years if they were part of a sibling group.
In 2012, Djooraminda Placement Services partnered with the Australian Childhood Foundation to develop and deliver therapeutic residential services for children aged 3-18 years.
There may be departmental records for children placed by the department responsible for child welfare. Additionally, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Aboriginal Index should be consulted for information.
The Department for Aboriginal Affairs in Western Australia may also hold records or other information. Please contact them before visiting.
Students who were resident at Homes run by Djooraminda may have been Commonwealth Secondary Grant recipients. The National Archives of Australia may hold records relating to people who received these grants.
There may be records held by Djooraminda.
Access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals. You are very welcome to enquire.
Sister Kate's Child and Family Services Private Archives is a collection of records held in the Battye Library's Private Archives Collection at the State Library of Western Australia. The collection contains a range of records, some which are restricted to protect people's privacy. The items in this collection include personal and administration records and audio-visual material. There are some records for: Parkerville Children's Home; Sister Kate's Children's Cottage Home, Queen's Park; Sister Kate's Child and Family Care Services; and Manguri. There may also be admission and other information about people who were at the following Homes: Applecross Cottage, Ardross House, Greenmount Hostel, Yokine Cottage, and the Nollamara Children's Respite Home.
State Library of Western Australia:
25 Francis Street, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9427 3111
Fax: (08) 9427 3256
Centrecare is the organisation that has inherited the history and any existing records of Centrecare Family Services and Centrecare Marriage and Family Services. It is also the custodian of existing records from Centrecare Children's Cottages, which was re-named Djooraminda in August 1992. The exact holdings are unknown, but there may be information relevant to people who were placed at: Beverley Cottages, Brookton Cottages, Glendalough Cottage, Northam Cottage and Youth Care.
For records relating to Centrecare, Centrecare Family Services and Centrecare Marriage and Family Services, contact the Director, Centrecare:
456 Hay Street Perth, WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9325 6644
24 February 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00070
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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