Working in the Hawthorn area as a psychologist, Jo Buchanan recognised the need for a community service that was able to assist families suffering stress in parenting babies and very young children. It is widely recognised that early intervention to help with parenting promotes a more positive outcome for children and families. Jo and the late Past District Governor, Jeffery Bird, did an extensive study on the need of the local community.
The Boroondara Family Network was established in 2000. It has been modelled on and adapted from studies of home visiting programs in Australia and overseas, which have demonstrated positive outcomes for children in their vital formative years.
The BFN is managed by a Committee of Management consisting of Rotarians and community members. The Volunteer Coordinator is employed for 15 hours per week.