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 service: 13 11 14 (freecall).
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.