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Dr Joanne Evans

Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics

Faculty of IT, Monash University

Telephone: +61 3 9903 2177

Email: joanne.evans@monash.edu

General Enquiry

Support services and assistance with accessing records

Find & Connect Support Services

The Find & Connect Support Services in each state or territory can help Care Leavers to access personalised support and counselling; where possible, obtain personal records, trace their history and understand why they were placed into care; connect with other services and support networks; and reconnect with family, where possible.

Telephone: 1800 11 16 09 (freecall). Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm in all states and territories.

For contact services in each state and territory see https://www.findandconnect.gov.au/contact/

If you need urgent help, Lifeline operates a 24-hour telephone counselling service13 11 14 (freecall).

Link-Up Services

Link-Up Services assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the Stolen Generations – those who have been fostered, adopted or raised in institutions under government policies of the time – to trace their families and be reunited with their families and communities.

 

Telephone: 1800 624 332

 

For Link-Up Services in each state and territory see http://aiatsis.gov.au/research/finding-your-family/where-get-help/link-up-services

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Support Services

The Royal Commission provides a list of counselling and support services for survivors of child sexual abuse see http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/support-services

Advocacy organisations

Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN)

CLAN is a support, advocacy, research and training network for people who grew up in Australian orphanages, children’s Homes, foster care and other institutions. CLAN offers free telephone and face to face (if in NSW or VIC) counselling, help to obtain your records, help to write your story and a bi-monthly newsletter containing all the latest information for Care Leavers.

Website: http://www.clan.org.au

Child Migrants Trust (CMT)

A registered charity in both Australia and Britain, the Child Migrants Trust provides a range of social work services, including counselling and support for family reunions. CMT’s offices in Nottingham, UK as well as Perth and Melbourne in Australia also offer information, advice and family research to former child migrants and their families.

Website: http://www.childmigrantstrust.com

Connecting Home

Connecting Home Limited was first registered in March 2010, to support survivors of the Stolen Generations across South Eastern Australia. They are an independent agency who works collaboratively across the Aboriginal and the broader Mainstream service sectors, to respond to the varied needs of the survivors, as identified by them.

In 2015, Connecting Home became the Head Office for the National Stolen Generations Alliance, which is the Peak body for agencies across Australia who support survivors of the Stolen Generations. This important additional role means that Connecting Home is now a key part of the National service system for survivors

Website: http://www.connectinghome.org.au

CREATE Foundation

CREATE Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience (including kinship care, foster care and residential care). They provide programs and services to children and young people with a statutory care experience and develop policy and research to advocate for a better care system.

Website: http://create.org.au

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)

SNAICC is a national non government peak body representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. It works for the fulfilment of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, in particular to ensure their safety, development and well-being.

Website: http://www.snaicc.org.au