The Copelen Street Family Centre was established in 1974 in South Yarra. It included a children’s care centre, offered family counselling, and provided foster care. By the late 1980s the South Yarra property was sold and in 1991, the Centre was renamed Copelen Child and Family Services.
The Copelen Street Family Centre grew out of a Parents and Children’s Centre, established in 1974 in the buildings of the Methodist Babies’ Home, at 12 Copelen Street, South Yarra.
It described itself in 1979 as offering “a range of non-residential services designed to promote family life and prevent family breakdown” (Copelen Street Family Centre, Fiftieth Birthday 1929-1979).
This centre offered a variety of programs including Adoption and Permanent Care, parent skills training, a day care centre, a drop-in centre, and family counselling and support.
It was also a provider of foster care in the inner suburbs of Melbourne.
In 1984, the adoption legislation in Victoria led to Copelen setting up an Adoption Information Service.
By the end of the 1980s it was decided to sell the South Yarra property to enable Copelen Street’s programs to be located closer to their client base in Windsor. In 1991, the Centre was renamed Copelen Child and Family Services.