Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Petition for a Royal Commission

The Forgotten Australians Action Group has organised a petition for a Royal Commission for Forgotten Australians.
Specifically, the petition states:

We the people call on the various State and the Federal governments for a royal commission into the care of 500,000 children who were institutionalised, placed in orphanages and also in foster care during the period of the 1920’s to the 1990’s.

Further information about the petition may be found here.

NSW Support Service for Forgotten Australians

The Minister for Community Services Linda Burney recently opened the statewide Forgotten Australians service to assist those people who were placed in institutions, Children’s Homes and orphanages up to the 1990s. Relationships Australia NSW will operate Wattle Place, the NSW Support Service for Forgotten Australians with $834,000 annual funding provided by the NSW Government.

“What the Forgotten Australians suffered has impacted their lives and has meant many care leavers experience difficulties with trust, relationships and functioning in society,” Anne Hollonds, CEO of Relationships Australia NSW said. “Wattle Place, located in Harris Park and close to transport links, will support the process of healing, sensitively considering their fears, needs and concerns.

The service is available to anyone who grew up in institutional care in NSW, regardless of where they now live in Australia. To contact the NSW Support Service for Forgotten Australians Freecall 1800 663 844, phone 02 8837 7000

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Post Care Newsletters

The latest South Australian Post Care newsletter is now available here