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Contacts

On this page:

Government agencies

National Library of Australia

See how to contact the Library.

National Museum of Australia

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

Department of Social Services (DSS)

The Department of Social Services funds the national Find and Connect Support Services. See how to get in touch with DSS.

information, Advocacy & support – National

Find and Connect Support Services

The Department of Social Services (DSS) funds the national Find and Connect Support Services.

Find and Connect Support Services provide specialist trauma informed counselling; referral services; peer, education and social support programs; assistance to locate and access records and reconnect with family members (where possible) for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants (sometimes referred to as care leavers).

More information about the Find and Connect Support Services is available on the DSS website.

Free call – 1800 16 11 09

* Please note that calls made from mobile phones may incur additional costs. If you have a hearing or speech impairment contact the TTY service on 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 16 11 09. Internet relay users - visit the

National Relay Service website and ask for 1800 16 11 09.

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.

Phone – 0488 460 646 / 0419 854 980

Postal address – PO Box 1087, St Kilda VIC 3182

Emailadmin@forgottenaustralians.org.au

Website – www.forgottenaustralians.org.au

Care Leavers Australasia 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 – 0425 204 747

Visit – 463 Chapel Road, Bankstown 2200

Postal address – PO Box 164 Georges Hall NSW 2198

Emailsupport@clan.org.au

Websitewww.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

Free call: 1800 04 05 09

Phone – (03) 9815 2022 or (international) +61 3 9815 2022

Fax – (03) 9027 0910

Postal address – 169 Riversdale Road Hawthorn, VIC 3122

Perth office

Free call: 1800 04 05 09

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

Contact: The Secretary, IAFCM&F, 8 Sunbury Road Victoria Park, Perth WA 6100

Counselling services

Information, advocacy & support – State-based

Australian Capital Territory

Wattle Place (Find and Connect Support Service)

Free call – 1800 16 11 09

Websitewww.relationshipsnsw.org.au/support-services/wattle-place

Barnardos Australia

Senior Manager for After Care

Phone – (02) 9218 2370

Marymead Child and Family Centre

Phone – (02) 6162 5800

New South Wales

Wattle Place (Find and Connect Support Service)

Free call – 1800 16 11 09

Websitewww.relationshipsnsw.org.au/support-services/wattle-place

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

Lotus Place (Find and Connect Support Service)

Free call – 1800 16 11 09

Phone – (07) 3347 8500

Websitelotusplace.org.au  

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

Elm Place  (Find and Connect Support Service)

Free call – 1800 16 11 09

Websitewww.rasa.org.au/elm-place  

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

Relationships Australia Tasmania (Find and Connect Support Service)

Free call – 1800 16 11 09

Websitewww.tas.relationships.org.au/services/find-and-connect

After Care Support Service

Phone – (03) 6222 7308

Victoria

Open Place (Find and Connect Support Service)

Free call – 1800 16 11 09

Websitewww.openplace.org.au

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

Relationships Australia Western Australia (Find and Connect Support Service)

Free call – 1800 16 11 09

Phone – (08) 6164 0240

Websitewww.relationshipswa.org.au/en/services/find-and-connect

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 donít even know if my mother had been contacted. I assume not ... This is when our family became completely fragmented.

(p80)