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Family Home


Family Homes were a type of ‘care’ in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
In South Australia, Family Homes were established by the government after the passing of the South Australian Community Welfare Act in 1972. They provided smaller group care for up to ten children under the supervision of house parents. They were generally used for short term, emergency care. In the Northern Territory, Family Homes were a type of care from the late 1960s. They were purpose-built Homes to providing long-term accommodation for up to 9 children. NT Family Homes, also known as ‘official foster homes’, were managed by a cottage mother and her husband.

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