Dunedin Family Home

In the 1950s the government started a new policy of family homes. The Child Welfare Division purchased large homes which were run by married couples who cared for several children. Family homes were seen as an intermediate step before discharge back into the community. The history and location of Dunedin Family Home is unclear. In 1963 it was being run by Mr and Mrs Croucher, who had been there for four years. Around 1990, when services were being re-organised, the Dunedin Family Home became the Youth Justice Whare, centre for youth justice activities in the district and providing short term care as an alternative to sending young people to Kingslea in Christchurch.