In 1971 the Presbyterian Babies Home and the Methodist Babies Home were amalgamated to form the Copelen Street Family Centre. Together the Centre and Presbyterian and Methodist Child Care Service offered a wide network of services to support family life. This included counselling for single mothers, including those living at the Presbyterian Sisterhood and those at the short-term accommodation unit for single mothers and their children at Eden Court in Ascot Vale. The foster care and adoption programs were staffed by Child Care Service social workers who also worked with families and children connected to Kildonan and Orana Children's Homes, Kilmany Park farm-home for boys and the Presbyterian Babies Home.
By 1985 the Presbyterian and Methodist Child Care Service was a multi service agency which operated at local, regional and statewide levels. Services included day-care and kindergarten facilities, emergency housing, family support, foster care and special needs adoption.
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10 August 2021
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