St Joseph's Cowper is a Catholic out-of-home care agency that was established in 1993. It was formerly known as St Joseph's Cowper Children's Homes. In 2013 it was known as St Joseph's Cowper Inc and was a residential and foster care agency for children and young people placed in the care of the Minister by the courts. On 1 October 2017, St Joseph's Cowper transferred its operations to MacKillop Family Services.
St Joseph's Cowper Incorporated plans and implements individual care programs for children and young people whose emotional and/or behavioural needs are not able to be met within the family and provides support to keep them in education. It also provides foster care and residential care for children referred by the courts. In 2013, it remains a service provided under the auspice of the Sisters of Mercy.
On 1 October 2017 St Joseph's Cowper Incorporated joined MacKillop Family Services. The programs and services previously offered by St Joseph's Cowper Incorporated were transferred over to MacKillop Family Services.
1914 - 1972 St Joseph's Orphanage, Cowper
1972 - 1994 St Joseph's Cowper Children's Homes
1993 - 2017 St Joseph's Cowper Incorporated
Sources used to compile this entry: 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.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 8 March 2011, Last modified: 9 May 2018