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South Australia - Glossary Term

Boarding Out (1856 - c. 1960)

From
1856
To
c. 1960
Categories
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.

Details

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.

Timeline

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

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George