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Wesley Dalmar

Welcome to Wesley Dalmar

Welcome to Wesley Dalmar


Wesley Dalmar began its life as the Central Mission Home for Neglected Children at Waverley House in Woolloomooloo in 1893. Very soon the need was greater than demand. In 1900 the service expanded to a four acre property in Croydon called Dalmar where 80 children were cared for—and the service took on the name of the property.

By 1923 the service had outgrown the Croydon property and moved to a purpose built site in Carlingford, retaining the name Dalmar and opening its doors to more children in need. By 1938 there were 150 infants and children being cared for at Dalmar.

1962 saw the beginnings of foster care and adoption programs at Wesley Mission and these were soon followed by group homes. By 1982 Wesley Dalmar was caring for 90 children in various residential homes and 35 children in foster care.

Today Wesley Dalmar provides homes for more than 620 children and young people in foster care.

Fast facts

Wesley Foster Care

In 2014/15, Wesley Aunties & Uncles mentored 112 children, Wesley Dalmar provided 239,008 nights of foster care to 849 clients, and 7,252 visits organised by Wesley Foster Care Services helped children in care stay in touch with their birth families.

Find out more in the 2015 Annual Report: Strength. Spirit. Hope.

Commitment to care

Wesley Mission has reached out to families and children since 1893 when we opened our first home for abandoned children, Waverley House, in Woolloomooloo.

We have been committed to providing safe, loving homes for many children since then through the work of Wesley Dalmar. From group homes and orphanages right through to the out of home care agency that Wesley Dalmar is today, our vision has always been to reach out to those children who are most in need.

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Wesley Mission’s work with families and children has expanded over the years and we have pioneered a broad range of other services for children and families to help them in whatever circumstances they are in.

Wesley Mission is committed to:

  • offering struggling families support through counselling, mediation, financial and legal support and crisis accommodation
  • building strong and resilient families by teaching parenting skills, providing child development programs and out of school hours care and offering early intervention work
  • helping vulnerable children and young people thrive and reach their potential through foster care, mentoring and holiday camps
  • connecting with teenagers through a range of support services in the areas of substance abuse, employment, life issues and accommodation.

Wesley Mission is dedicated to strengthening families and putting an end to the perpetual cycle of disadvantage that children and families may experience. 

Wesley Mission’s values

Find out more about Wesley Mission’s values and core beliefs.

Vision and values

Public Statement of Apology

Apology to those who may have been abused or neglected as children in residential care and foster care.

We express deep sadness and regret for any of the children in our care who did not receive the consistent, loving care that they needed and deserved.

We acknowledge, with sorrow, that some children in our care may have experienced: neglect of their social, emotional, spiritual and physical needs; physical violence, sexual or emotional abuse, emotional and social trauma and on-going harm perpetrated by staff that should have been trustworthy.

Similarly, we acknowledge, with sorrow that there are also instances of harm experienced by children in our care from which our staff had a duty to protect.

We apologise unreservedly to these people.

We also apologise to the families of those who may have experienced abuse in our care for the trauma they experienced.

We acknowledge those faithful staff who strove to provide (within the context in which they worked) secure, safe and loving environments for children and young people in care. However we will co-operate fully in any investigation into allegations against current or former staff.

We also have services available which are ready to respond with compassion, confidentiality and respect to anyone who would like to talk about their time in care as children.

We invite any person who has been in the care of Wesley Mission, Wesley Dalmar or the Dalmar Children’s Home to contact us.