• Archival Series

Boarding Out Registers (Ward Registers)

To access these records

Please contact the Care Leaver Records Access Unit, Community Services:

Postal Address: Care Leaver Records Access Unit, Community Services, Department of Communities and Justice, Locked Bag 5000, Parramatta NSW 2150

Phone: 1300 137 160 or (02) 9716 2500

Email: CareLeaverRecordsAccessUnit@facs.nsw.gov.au

Website: https://dcj.nsw.gov.au/children-and-families/out-of-home-care/about-out-of-home-care/accessing-your-care-records.html

Reference Number

Quote this number to access your records: State Records Authority of New South Wales Series Number, 14654


Boarding Out Registers (also known as Ward Registers) comprise 30 volumes that record the following information: name of child; place of birth; date of birth; religion; name and known address of parents; number of papers; particulars of foster parents or guardians (i.e. names, addresses); dates when received and how placed; and Boarding Out Register number. They also note how the child was eventually ‘disposed of’ (e.g. by return to parent or relative, by adoption, by attaining maturity).

Quantity: 30 volumes

Access Conditions

Access to these records is currently restricted. In New South Wales, records relating to individuals, such as case files and correspondence are closed to public access for 100 years. Records such as registers and indexes are closed to public access for 80 years.

Care Leavers wishing to access records about themselves will need to complete a Care Leaver Records Access Application Form (downloadable from the Care Leaver Records Access Unit website or available at a Community Services Centre). Completed application forms with proof of identity can be sent to the Care Leaver Records Access Unit, or lodged with a Community Services Centre. For further information please contact the Care Leaver Records Access Unit.

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