Laroona Family Group Home, run by the government, opened in Battery Point in 1983. It provided temporary accommodation for children who were wards of the state or supervised in other ways by the Department of Community Welfare and its successors. The Home closed in about 2009.
Laroona Family Group Home was in Battery Point, an inner city suburb of Hobart.
A married woman managed Laroona Family Group Home with the assistance of her husband, who was in paid employment outside the Home. In return, they received free accommodation.
The Home provided accommodation for new wards of the state or children on remand from the courts until the Department found a more permanent placement for them. It also took in children requiring temporary accommodation and in transit between homes. Some children stayed in the home longer if they got on well with the Family Group Home Carer.
Sources used to compile this entry: Department for Community Welfare: annual report for the year ended 30 June 1984, Department for Community Welfare, Hobart, 1984; Ombudsman Tasmania, Listen to the children: Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children, Office of the Ombudsman, Tasmania, Hobart, November 2004. Also available at https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1382077009/view.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 12 January 2011, Last modified: 4 February 2014