Story: Children’s homes and fostering

Department of Social Welfare family home, 1977

Department of Social Welfare family home, 1977

These boys were residents of a Department of Social Welfare family home in Cannons Creek, Porirua. These homes were owned by the department and run by couples who lived in them rent-free in return for looking after the children. Family homes remain part of the foster-care system in the 2010s.

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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, 'Children’s homes and fostering - Foster care and family homes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 September 2021)

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