During the 1970s and 1980s the government encouraged non-government care providers to move away from large institutions and develop smaller group residential care for children in need. After the passing of the Community Welfare Act in 1972, non-government agencies were required to sign agreements with the government and to adhere to standards of residential care.
In the 1980s the Anglican Church opened a number of cottages and units in various areas.
Ross Cottage was the new name given to Smith Street Cottage when it relocated from Walkerville to Nairn Street, Ferryden Park. It was sometimes also known as Nairn Street Cottage.
As with other Cottage Homes, Ross Cottage was designed to accommodate around eight to ten children in a home-like atmosphere which potentially allowed for more individual attention. Ross Cottage closed in 1993.
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08 April 2021
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