Adoptions, fostering and out-of-home care

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Everybody’s childhood story is different. Yours might involve several families, or living with other children in out-of-home care.

This guide is aimed at assisting people who are seeking information and records documenting the circumstances of their own childhood, or the childhood of a close relative. It particularly aims at assisting Forgotten Australians – those who grew up in care homes and orphanages, or with foster carers, as well as those who have a first family and an adopted family. It will focus on the years from 1920 onwards in Tasmania.

This guide will assist you by:

  • explaining the processes around accessing State and Non-State records on childhood, fostering and adoptions
  • highlighting some of the main resources available
  • providing an overview of the services we provide to help you find information about your past
  • detailing some useful contacts and support services available from other organisations.

If you are researching adoption and welfare support before the year 1920, you may like to consult our guide on Life as a Child in Care.

We also have a guide on Child Migrants.

For detailed information and support services, we recommend that you contact the Find & Connect organisation.

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