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Organisation Djooraminda (1977 - )
- Care Provider, Catholic, Cottage Home and Stolen Generations
- Alternative Names
- Centrecare Children's Cottages (previously known as, 1977 - )
- Wandering Mission (also known as)
Please note that this page reproduces the original language used in the historical sources drawn upon to compile this entry. This language includes offensive and derogatory terms which are today considered unacceptable. We apologise for any offence caused by such language.
Djooraminda's website describes its services as providing 'care and accommodation for children who are assessed by the Department for Communities as being in need of alternative care arrangements for a variety of reasons. '
In 2004, Djooraminda's website described its services as "Providing residential care and supportive services for aboriginal children who are not able to live within their own family environment due to either abuse, neglect or other difficulties."
Sponsoring Agency: In 1982, Departmental administrative files show the Administrative Body for Centrecare Children's Homes as the St Francis Xavier Community [see entry for Wandering (St Francis Xavier) Mission].
In 2003 the sponsoring agency for Djooraminda was Centrecare Inc.
"Centrecare was developed in 1977 to replace the child care operations of the Wandering Mission." (CCRCC, 1982). The first administrator of Centrecare Children's Cottages was the present Archbishop of Perth, the Most Reverend BJ (Barry) Hickey.
By 1979, Centrecare had developed 2 cottage homes in Beverley [see entry], one in Brookton [see entry] and one in Northam [see entry]. By 1983, a new cottage had been added in Northam.
In 1987 the CCRCC mapped the developments in residential services at the type of programs that were provided for children in the care of the agency:
1. Major Developments in the Residential Models of Care
- Professional staff development
- Information sessions for staff
2. Range of Programs Provided
- Camping and Artists in Residence program
- Tutoring program
- After-school program
- Alternative school program (in conjunction with the Community Based Offenders Program and the Department of Community Services in Northam).
(Report on the Activities of the Consultative Committee in 1986/87, Consultative Committee on Residential Child Care November 1987).
The "long-awaited" metropolitan cottage opened in June 1990, but the after-school and alternative school programs closed due to funding cuts in that same year. (Report on the Activities of the Consultative Committee on Residential Child Care in 1989/90, February 1991).
Departmental files report that Centrecare's residential programs in 1991 included 4 cottages.
Departmental files report that Centrecare operated 5 residential units in 1992.
In 1994, Djooraminda's Child Care Programme was funded to provide "up to 30 culturally appropriate out of home care case placements in metropolitan and country areas for Aboriginal children and families."
"The provision of out of home care for Aboriginal children and support services for their families".
[Djooraminda's] Key Service Objectives:
"To provide a range of culturally appropriate out of home and alternative care services including respite and medium term care for up to 30 children in 5 cottages.
To work towards reunifying children in placement with their family / extended family.
To identify and assess alternative carers for children unable to return to their families."
1994 Out of Home Care funded services included:
• Group care for 0-13 year olds with cottage parents - 3 cottages in Northam, one at Viveash and another at Glendalough
• 0-12 years crisis care (family care worker model)
Other services included:
• Support services for families
(Out of Home, Preventative and Alternative Care Services Review, "Terms of Reference", Family and Children's Services, 1995).
Djooraminda came under the direct administration of Centrecare in 2002.
In its service agreement with the Department in 2003 Djooraminda was described as providing 30 cottage care placements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6-15 years requiring long term care. Care was provided in a family type setting with full time carers. Djooraminda also provided a reunification service for six families. (Service Agreement with the Department for Community Development).
The three year Service Agreement with the Department for Community Development for Aboriginal Tertiary Family Preservation Service commenced on 2 August 2004. Djooraminda provides supports to 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families referred by the Department in the metropolitan area who are at imminent risk of the children entering care or placement due to a high risk of harm. Priority of access to the service was families with children under five years of age.
The three year Service Agreement with the Department for Community Development which commenced on 1 January 2006 enables Djooraminda to provide 30 cottage care placements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the CEO's care aged six to 15 years and requiring long term care. Younger children may be accepted where they are part of a sibling group.
Care is provided in a family type setting with the full time carers. Children and young people in the same cottage may be from more than one family. There is a maximum of six children per cottage. Djooraminda also provides a reunification service for six families. The Department and Djooraminda jointly agree which families are offered a reunification service and the goal of reunification is determined by a care plan. In some cases reunification services could commence prior to the child entering care.
A more detailed chronology of major events, admissions and discharges is included in Table 11.
Records Some case records and admission registers for Djooraminda and possibly its earlier agencies exist.
Departmental case records for young people placed by the Child Welfare Department or its successor agencies may be held by the Department for Child Protection.
Access While access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
The Director, Djooraminda
36 Arbon Way, Lockridge WA 6054
PO Box 94, Beechboro WA 6935
Phone: (08) 9325 6644
Freedom of Information
Department for Child Protection
PO Box 6334, East Perth WA 6892
Phone: (08) 6217 6388 or (08) 6217 6381
Fax: (08) 9222 2776
Free call in WA: 1800 000 277
- Djooraminda was located at Beechboro
Provided 'care' at
- To Remove and Protect: Aboriginal Lives Under Control [website], 2010, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/collections/exhibitions/remove/index.html. Details
- Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/.
Prepared by: Anna Trengove and Leanne Howard
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 27 August 2012