Story: Children’s homes and fostering

Open Home Foundation

Open Home Foundation

The Open Home Foundation (OHF) is an independent Christian organisation which maintains a network of foster families. Children can be placed in care directly by OHF or referred there by Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children. OHF was established in 1977 by Wellington couple Ewen and Gillian Laurenson. Here they sit at the kitchen table with their three adopted children in 1991.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/3491
Photograph by John Nicholson

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Children’s homes and fostering - Foster care and family homes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 21 Dec 2018