suitcase badges from Roslyn Hall Children's Home, Murray Dwyer Boys Orphanage, Protestant Homes Booklet from Burwood Boys' Home – 'Valuable Household Hints' ceramic elephant with broken trunk canvas shoes badges from Morialta Homes baby doll dressed in white wool
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Contacts

On this page:

Government agencies

National Library of Australia

If you would like to be interviewed for the Library's oral history project, please email fafcm@nla.gov.au or freecall 1800 204 290 to register your interest.

National Museum of Australia

If you would like to contact the Museum email: feedback@nma.gov.au.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

FaHCSIA has a national office in Canberra and a network of offices in each state and territory. See how to get in touch with FaHCSIA.

information, Advocacy & support – National

Alliance for Forgotten Australians

The Alliance includes both groups and individuals, and supports people who lived in out-of-home care through advocacy and projects. The secretariat is located at Families Australia, an independent, peak, not-for-profit organisation.

Phone – (02) 6273 4885
Fax – (02) 6273 4886
Visit – Suite 3, 7 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600
Postal address – PO Box 83 Campbell ACT 2612
Emailadmin@familiesaustralia.org.au
Websiteforgottenaustralians.org.au

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)

CLAN is a network for people who grew up in Australia's orphanages, children's homes and in foster care.

Free call – 1800 008 774
Phone – (02) 9709 4520 or 0425 204 747
Visit – Shop 1, 359 Chapel Road, Bankstown 2200
Postal address – PO Box 164 Georges Hall NSW 2198
Email – support@clan.org.au
Website – www.clan.org.au

Child Migrants Trust

The Trust is an independent, specialised, professional service for former child migrants, their parents and relatives. It lacks resources to handle a large volume of email, so to send a message please use the post.

Websitechildmigrantstrust.com

Melbourne office

Phone – (03) 9347 7403 or (international) +61 3 9347 7403
Fax – (03) 9347 1791
Postal address – 228 Canning Street North Carlton VIC 3054

Perth office

Phone – (08) 9472 7582 or (international) +61 8 9472 7582
Fax – (08) 9472 7549
Postal address – 8 Sunbury Road Victoria Park WA 6100

Forgotten Australians of South Australia Inc.

An advocacy group and referral support service

Phone – 0404 139 210
Visit
– 151 Sampson Road Elizabeth Grove SA 5122 office hours vary so please phone for an appointment
Postal address
– PO Box 2261, Hilton Plaza, Adelaide, SA 5033
Emailinfo@forgottenaustralians.com.au

International Association for Former Child Migrants and Their Families

Phone – (03) 9348 1354

Counselling services

Information, advocacy & support – State-based

Australian Capital Territory

Mental Health Foundation

Referral service for counselling services in the ACT

Phone – (02) 6282 6658

Barnardos Australia

Senior Manager for After Care

Phone – (02) 9218 2370

Marymead Child and Family Centre

Phone – (02) 6162 5800

New South Wales

Department of Community Services

Websitewww.community.nsw.gov.au

Aftercare Resource Centre Support Service

Telephone and face-to-face services for people who were in care in New South Wales.

Free call – 1800 656 884
Websiterelationships.com.au/what-we-do/services/aftercare/aftercare-nsw

Queensland

The Aftercare Resource Centre

Free call – 1800 501 560
Websiteaftercareresourcecentre.org.au

Historical Abuse Network & Esther Centre

Phone – (07) 3844 0966
Websitewww.han.merivale.org.au

South Australia

Post Care Services

A service for adults who were in state or out-of-home care as children in South Australia.

Free call – 1800 188 118 (Monday to Friday, 8:45am–5pm)
Websitedfc.sa.gov.au/pub/default.aspx?tabid=235

Tasmania

After Care Support Service

Phone – (03) 6222 7308

Victoria

The Interim Service for Forgotten Australians

Free call – 1800 509 203
Websitewww.interimservice.org.au

Adoption and Family Records Services

Phone – 1300 769 926
Websitewww.cyf.vic.gov.au/placement-support/family-records

Broken Rites

A non-denominational support group for people who have been abused sexually, physically or emotionally in religious institutions.

Phone – (03) 9457 4999
Websitebrokenrites.alphalink.com.au

Western Australia

Department for Communities

Offers a range of support services and has social workers available 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Free call – 1800 617 233

Quotes

From Lost Innocents:

I would like to dedicate my session to my 88-year-old mother. I am 65 and I have only been with her for six weeks of my life.

(p178)

From Forgotten Australians:

My last memory of my mother was waiting at our front gate for her, as I did ritually for her to get off her bus ... I waited and watched every single bus pass by, but my mother never got off any of them. I even waited into the darkness. I resigned myself with despair & returned to our house. Next thing the courts ordered that we be made wards of the state & placed in care. I don’t even know if my mother had been contacted. I assume not ... This is when our family became completely fragmented.

(p80)