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Find & Connect Support Service
Relationships Australia SA is part of the national network of Find & Connect Support Services helping to support Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants in South Australia. Relationships Australia SA will assist and support you if you were in care in Australia from the 1920s to 1989 to:
- Access personalised support and counselling and, where possible, help you to obtain your personal records, trace your history and begin to understand why you were placed into care
- Connect with other services and support networks that may assist you at this time in your life
- Reconnect with family, if this is possible
1800 16 11 09 (free call)
About the 1800 number
The function of the 1800 telephone number is to provide frontline support to care leavers or their representatives, to point care leavers in the right direction for finding their records or searching for family. It will also link care leavers with support and counselling within the Find & Connect Service network, or with other agencies.
Please note: If you are a young person just leaving care, contact Post Care Services - the contact details are listed below under the heading 'Forgotten Australians'. Both the Find & Connect Support Service and Post Care Services are delivered from Relationships Australia's Elm Place.
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Other Support groups and Services
Post Care Services
Post Care Services (PCS) is an information, advocacy, referral and support service for adults who were in state or out of home 'care' in South Australia as children. PCS can help with accessing records, reconnecting with family and accessing community services. Post Care Services is also available to young South Australian care leavers - for example, someone turning 18 and leaving the care system.Telephone: 1800 188 188 (freecall) or (08) 8419 2042
Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)
A national network and advocacy group for care leavers and Forgotten Australians, providing information, understanding and emotional support.
Telephone: 1800 008 774
Child Migrants Trust
Provides a range of social work services for former Child Migrants, including counselling, research into family history and support for family reunions. The Child Migrants Trust is an international organisation with offices in Melbourne, Perth and the UK, and works with former child migrants living in all Australian states as well as in other countries.
Telephone: (03) 9815 2022 [Melbourne]
Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFA)
A national alliance of existing groups and individuals that promotes the needs of Forgotten Australians.
Telephone: (02) 6273 4885
Broken Rites is a national non-denominational support group for people who have been abused sexually, physically or emotionally in religious institutions.
Phone: (03) 9457 4999 [Melbourne]
Create is a national not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve the lives of children and young people in the care system.
Telephone: (08) 8223 6603 [Adelaide] or Free Call 1800 655 105
Lifeline operates a 24-hour telephone counselling service.
Telephone: 13 11 14
Link Up SA
Link-Up SA helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people separated from their families under the past laws, practices and policies of Australian governments, to undertake family tracing and family reunions with counselling support.
Telephone: (08) 8223 5217
mindhealthconnect is a website launched in July 2012 as part of the Australian Government's National E-Mental Health Strategy. It is designed to be a 'first step' to finding support and resources to meet your needs.
You can use mindhealthconnect's "Guided Search" to find information and resources targeted to your personal situation, and to get in touch with relevant services. When using the Guided Search, you can answer a range of optional questions about yourself and how you're feeling – your answers are then used to connect you to the most relevant resources (including fact sheets, audio/visual resources, online communities and organisations).