The Salvation Army Westcare came into being in around 1980. With support from the Department of Community Welfare Services (DCWS), Westcare established residential units for children and young people in the western region of Melbourne.
Following the closure of the Bayswater Boys' Homes in 1980, the Salvation Army and the Department of Community Welfare Services (DCWS) decided to establish residential units in the western region of Melbourne.
The Salvation Army used DCWS residential child care conversion funds to develop two family group homes in Sunshine: 'Cornwall Cottage', opened March 1982 and 'Beech Court' Adolescent Unit, opened November 1982.
On completion of the project, the Salvation Army had set up a professional support unit and three residential units, with rostered staff to meet the special needs of the children and young people being accommodated.
These services were incorporated as Western Region Family Service in January 1982. They were later known as Crossroads Child and Adolescent Family Services.
Sources used to compile this entry: James Jenkinson Consulting, Guide to out-of-home care services 1940-2000 - Volume One: Agency Descriptions, Department of Human Services, Unpublished, November 2001, https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/DHS.3004.011.0367.pdf.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 1 May 2009, Last modified: 28 April 2017