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New South Wales - Organisation

Kemblawarra Child and Family Centre Inc. (1980 - )

Care Provider, Home, Non Government Organisation, Non-denominational, Records Access Service and Records Holder

Kemblawarra Child and Family Centre Inc. was opened in 1980 at Port Kembla as a 24-hour emergency care service for children aged from birth to 12 years of age. The emergency care function ceased to exist in 1991 but in 1998 the service provides day care and counselling.


Kemblawarra Child and Family Centre Inc was officially opened in 1980, following a community meeting convened by the Matron of Port Kembla Hospital. The meeting expressed concern over the need to prevent child abuse and neglect, and resulted in the formation of a community committee. From this grew the Kemblawarra Child and Family Centre Inc., whose aims included the provision of 24 hour preventative emergency care for children aged zero to twelve years. Due to a lack of government funding, the emergency care program ceased to operate on 31 December 1997. The Centre still exists, but now provides day care and specialist family counselling and support services.


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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,

Prepared by: Melissa Downing