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
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 27 October 2011, Last modified: 4 May 2015