Casablanca Family Group Home, run by the government, replaced Casablanca Receiving Home in about 1981. It was in Launceston. The Home provided temporary accommodation to children who were wards of state or supervised in other ways by the Social Welfare Department and its successors. It closed in about 2011.
A married woman managed Casablanca Family Group Home with the assistance of her husband, who was in paid employment outside the Home. In return, they did not pay rent.
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 under the Domestic Service Assistance Act and in transit between homes.
The Department changed the name from Casablanca Receiving Home to Casablanca Family Group Home in the early 1980s apparently to emphasise its domestic environment and the fact that some children stayed in the home longer if they got on well with the Family Group Home Carer.
c. 1969 - c. 1980 Casablanca Receiving Home
c. 1981 - c. 2011 Casablanca Family Group Home
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 1981, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1981; Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ending 1982, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1982; Report of the Stolen Generations Assessor, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tasmania, 2008, https://stors.tas.gov.au/au-7-0020-00382$stream; 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; Ombudsman Tasmania, Review of claims of abuse from adults in state care as children - Final Report - Phase 2, June 2006. Also available at https://stors.tas.gov.au/au-7-0057-00034.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 1 December 2011, Last modified: 4 February 2014