Buckland Group Home was situated at North St Marys and was established by Church of England Homes in 1978. It was run by the Diocese of Sydney as a family group home offering temporary care for children until the late 1990s.
In 1984, in its newsletter Care, Church of England Homes described the purpose of its group homes:
Cornwall [Cornwell], Buckland, Havilah and Marella are our Group Homes which provide longer term care. Perhaps the children aren't getting normal care at home. Maybe they have missed out on it for a long time. These homes provide a kind of holding situation. But one which avoids damaging them still further by providing them with a good model of a positive family-type experience. Meanwhile, everything possible is being done through the counselling service to restore family relationships. Hopefully, after six months, usually sooner, the family can get back together or foster placement can be arranged. Two of our homes are for Aboriginal children. They are managed and staffed by Aborigines and are the first of their kind.
At the time, Church of England Homes employed a team of social workers to work with the family and help communications between parents and children, as well as provide counselling and short-term financial support, if needed.
Sources used to compile this entry: Care, Anglican Home Mission Society, Sydney, 1985-; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, https://clan.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/connectkin_guide.pdf; Email from Anglicare Out-of-Home Care staff, 26 May 2014.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 3 March 2011, Last modified: 19 October 2018