Connellen Family Group Home, run by the government, opened in about 1981. It was in Burnie. 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. Connellen closed around 2005.
A married woman managed Connellen 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 and in transit between homes. Some children stayed in the home longer if they got on well with the foster parent.
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; Department for Community Welfare: annual report for the year ended 30 June 1984, Department for Community Welfare, Hobart, 1984.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 7 December 2011, Last modified: 4 February 2014