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Orana Family Services (1988 - 2011)

From
1988
To
2011
Categories
Care Provider, Community Service Organisation, Family Group Home, Home, Protestant, Records Access Service and Uniting Church

Orana Family Services was established in Coolaroo in 1988. It was formerly based in Burwood and was known as Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children. From 1988, services were transferred to Coolaroo. In 1990, two family group homes and two specialist houses moved from Burwood to Coolaroo.

Details

Orana Family Services was established in Melbourne's outer north-west in 1988. It was formerly based in Burwood and was known as Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children. The name change reflected the extension of Orana into providing non-residential and family services, such as counselling and educational support, plus the organisation's relocation to Coolaroo.

The transition to Coolaroo began in 1988 and residential services moved two years later. In 1990, two family group homes and two specialist houses moved from Burwood to Coolaroo. One of the specialist houses operated as a Primary Age service for six children. These children had attended schools with specialised services in Burwood and the move meant they had to adjust to mainstream schooling.

Orana Family Services continued to run a family group home in Waverley and a respite service, Gwenalan, until 1992. On 30 June 2011, Orana Family Services ceased being a provider of residential care. The remaining homes and children in its programme were transferred to Wesley Mission.

Location

1988 - 2011
Location - Orana Family Services was located in Papworth Crescent, Meadow Heights. Location: Meadow Heights

Timeline

 1888 - 1891 Livingstone House
       1891 - c. 1953 Methodist Homes for Children
             1953 - 1988 Orana, the Peace Memorial Homes for Children
                   1988 - 2011 Orana Family Services
                         2011 - 2012 Orana UnitingCare
                               2012 - 2016 Lentara UnitingCare
                                     2016 - Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited

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Publications

Books

  • Howe, Renate; Swain, Shurlee, All God's Children: a centenary history of the Methodist Homes for Children and the Orana Peace Memorial Homes, Acorn Press, Kambah, ACT, 1989. Details

Reports

  • Annual report: Orana Family Services, 1988-1993. Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Annual report: Orana Family Services, 1988-1993.

Prepared by: Sarah Green and Cate O'Neill