Private Group Homes

When the Welstat (national welfare statistical collection) definitions were applied in 1979, there were a range of other facilities, operated either by the Department or non-Government agencies, which were defined as “Other Placements” and, amongst these, were a list of women who quite probably were Foster Mothers and the proprietors of three “Private Group Homes” (Cool’s, Paterson’s and Squire’s).  The 1979 register included the following people, running non-Departmental establishments:

q       Mrs E. Cohen

q       Mrs J. Hall

q       Mrs L. Nolan

q       Mrs M. Sargeant

q       Mrs L. Sherwood

q       Mrs J. Stonier

q       Mrs C. Watson

Departmental officers report that Private Group Homes were allowed to accommodate up to five children at a time.