Story: Childhood

Children in state care, 1977

Children in state care, 1977

The Department of Social Welfare was established in 1972. ‘Family homes’ were run by the department to house children who, for various reasons, could not be cared for by their parents. The homes were managed by couples who lived rent-free in return for looking after the children. These five boys were living in the Cannons Creek family home near Porirua in 1977.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1977/1867/3

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Childhood - Children’s rights and well-being', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Dec 2018