Useful Links

Emergency and Crisis Care
Lifeline
Telephone: 13 11 14 or 000 if life is in immediate danger
Provides access to nationwide crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Good Samaritans
Telephone: 1300 659 467
Provides free nationwide professional telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.
Nationwide
Find and Connect
Telephone: 1800 161 109
Provides key information and contact details for access to personal records for people who were in out-of-home care during childhood (Forgotten Australians, former child migrants and members of the Stolen Generation).
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Telephone: 1800 099 340

Investigates how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.
Blue Knot Foundation
Telephone: 1300 657 380
Provides a range of services and resources to support different groups affected by childhood trauma and advocates for the needs of survivors to be better met.
National Archives of Australia
Telephone: (02) 6212 3600
Holds records and online resources relevant to people who were in out-of-home care.
My Aged Care
Telephone: 1800 200 422
Provides information on aged care for yourself, a family member, friend or someone you’re caring for.
CREATE Foundation

Telephone: (08) 9470 6155 or 1800 655 105

Provides programs and services to children and young people in care and develops policy and research to advocate for a better care system.
Western Australia
State Library of Western Australia

Telephone: (08) 9427 3111

 

Holds records, oral histories and photos relating to institutional care.
State Records Office of Western Australia

Telephone: (08) 9427 3600

The State Records Office contains numerous records that are of great value to those undertaking family history research.
Anglicare WA Royal Commission Support Service
Telephone: (08) 9263 2000
Provides a range of supports and information to any person who would like to engage with the Royal Commission.
Kimberley Stolen Generations Committee Service
Telephone: (08) 9193 6502
Acknowledges the experiences of members of the Stolen Generations and facilitates contact with Link-Up Services to search for and find family members
Jigsaw Search and Connect
Telephone: (08) 9384 0222
Provides information, counselling, search and intermediary services to people separated from family for many different reasons.
MensLine Australia
Telephone: 1300 789 978
A support service for people affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Heal for Life
Telephone: 0427 462 947
Offers residential healing retreats for anyone who experienced childhood trauma. Empowers people to heal from childhood trauma and child abuse.
Lanterns
Telephone: 1800 161 109
A Find and Connect Support Service providing support to people who were in out-of-home care.
ConnectGroups WA
Telephone: 1800 195 575 or (08) 9228 4488
Promotes and supports self-help and support groups in WA. See their online directory of support groups relating to a broad range of special needs.
Child Migrants Trust
Telephone: (08) 9472 7582
Has access to the Family Restoration Fund which pays for former child migrants to travel to the UK for family reunification.
Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)
Telephone: 1800 199 888
Provides counselling in centres across the Perth metropolitan area to people who have experienced sexual assault and sexual abuse in the past.
South Australia
Elm Place
Telephone: 1300 364 277
Offers services that respond to the needs of former child migrants, people affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and people whose lives have been affected by being in out-of-home care when they were children.
Victoria
Open Place

Telephone: 1800 779 379

A support and advocacy service that coordinates and provides direct assistance to address the needs of people who grew up in Victorian orphanages and homes.
New South Wales
Wattle Place
Telephone: 1300 663 844
A service supporting people who grew up in orphanages, children’s homes, institutions and foster homes. Four different services operate from Wattle Place: NSW Support Service for Forgotten Australians, Aftercare Resource Centre Support Service, Find and Connect, and Royal Commission Support Service.
Heal for Life
Telephone: (02) 4998 6003
Offers residential healing retreats for anyone who experienced childhood trauma. Empowers people to heal from childhood trauma and child abuse.
Queensland
Lotus Place
Telephone: (07) 3347 8500
A support service and resource centre for Forgotten Australians and former child migrants.
Northern Territory
Brolga Place

Telephone: 1300 364 277

A Find and Connect Support Service providing support to people who were in out-of-home care, including help with record searches, specialist counselling, referrals to other services, and follow-up peer and social support.
Tasmania
Find and Connect Support Service
Telephone: 1800 161 109
Helps Forgotten Australians and former child migrants to trace their history and understand the reason they were placed into care, reconnect with family where possible and to access counselling and other supports.