There are many reasons people who spent time in out of home care seek out their records, from administrative (proof of identity for licenses, passports & other official documents) to the deep longing for a sense of identity that comes from knowing who we are, where we’re from, where we belong and what has happened to us along the way.
For children who grew up without family, and often without love or care, understanding how they came to be separated from their guardians can be all encompassing. For those who never knew their parents, discovering a mother’s name, or the existence of siblings is incredibly significant.
In this webinar given as part of the University of Tasmania’s More Than a Story series, Cate O’Neill from the Find & Connect web resource, and Frank Golding OAM – Federation University, Care Leaver advocate, speak on how family history presents many challenges for children who grew up in out-of-home care and their relatives but is a crucial step towards justice and recognition, and the problematic nature of care records and access to them.
September 6, 2022 at 11:16 am
What a brilliant webinar on obtaining family history as a Careleaver. I thank you all for your efforts behind the scenes and pulling this session together. Your information is very affirming and useful.
I have spent a lot of my adult life searching out family history and still have a ling way to go. Leonie from CLAN tried to help me through Find and Connect to obtain more records and History of my Maternal Grandmother on my Mothers side. Her name was May Winsall, VIC. But we have discovered that there are no records because she was likely fostered out by an informal arrangement of Kinship Care.
The matters you discussed strike many cords in my personal story. Which I wrote at a Fictional Memoir. I am a life member and active advocate of CLAN and contributed many Resources to the CLAN Historical Museum and CLAN library and website.
September 6, 2022 at 2:20 pm
Thanks for your message Denise, we really appreciate your positive feedback. We have removed references to purchasing your book as we do not allow promotion on the blog, however we wish you all the best in your endeavours.
September 2, 2022 at 5:21 pm
Why do we not hear more about Child Migrants who where sent 12,000 miles from the birth country and the Stolen Generation where not sent out of there home country told that they had no living relatives change name and birth
September 6, 2022 at 2:12 pm
Thanks for your comment, Alf. Find & Connect was established for people who spent time in institutional care as children between 1920 & 1990. Information on the website provides history, context, and practical information (eg accessing records) for all those who were in institutional care during this time, including Child Migrants and members of the Stolen Generations, and they are also eligible for Find & Connect Support Services. There are specialist service that were established specifically to support them, Link Up & the Child Migrants Trust. You can see more blog posts on Child Migrants here: https://www.findandconnectwrblog.info/?s=migrants & on Stolen Generations here: https://www.findandconnectwrblog.info/?s=stolen