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Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services (1976 - 2014)

From
1976
To
2014
Categories
Care Provider, Catholic, Community Service Organisation, Foster Care, Home, Records Access Service and Records Holder

Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service became an Incorporated Association in 1976 and set up operations in Collingwood. Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service is a separate legal entity from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. The organisation carried out work with children and families previously done by the Sisters. In 2014, Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service, together with Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service (based in New South Wales) merged with Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand to become one unified organisation.

Details

In 1976 Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service became an Incorporated Association and set up operations in Collingwood. Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service is a separate legal entity from the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. The Organisation continues the Sisters' work with children and families.

The Good Shepherd Sisters' involvement with children and women in need dates back to 1863 when they set up their convent at Abbotsford on the banks of the Yarra River. Services provided at Abbotsford included a refuge for women experiencing poverty and homelessness, an orphanage and an industrial school for juvenile offenders.

The Sisters adopted a policy of de-institutionalisation in 1973 and ceased providing 'care' in 1977. The Sisters formed an ongoing partnership with the employed staff at Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services.

Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services provides foster care for children and young people through its Living in Nurturing Communities program. It also works in the areas of family counselling and family strengthening to build family resilience.

In 1990, Good Shepherd expanded its services into the Mornington Peninsula region, and another office in St Albans opened in 1991.

Location

1976 - 2014
Location - Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services was located in Johnston Street, Collingwood. Location: Collingwood

Timeline

 1976 - 2014 Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services
       2008 - Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

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Prepared by: Cate O'Neill