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South Australia - Glossary Term

Boarding Out (1856 - c. 1960)

c. 1960
Foster Care and Type of 'care'

Boarding out was the original term used to describe the placement of children and young people in the care of a foster mother or foster parents in a private home.


When the practice of boarding out began in the 1850s children could be placed with or without the payment of a government subsidy. It was first incorporated into legislation in the Destitute Persons Relief Act 1866. By the 1960s this practice was referred to as foster care.


 1856 - c. 1960 Boarding Out
       c. 1960 - Foster Care

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Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George