Care leavers (and their families) wanting to find information about their time in care, or access personal files can contact Child and Family Services Ballarat.
The collection includes:
'* Former residents are given the original copies of letters addressed to them, school reports, wages receipts, and other receipts of purchases, and Child and Family Services Ballarat may keep a copy for their record. The organisation is legally required to keep client files forever. Some former residents have added information to their client file as a way of completing the picture.'
Ballarat Female Refuge records
In 2018, the Central Highlands Libraries (Ballarat) transferred records relating to Ballarat Female Refuge from its custody to Child and Family Services Ballarat. The records transferred to CAFS are:
Highlights of the collection include:
'In 1992, there was a flood on New Years Eve in the basement at Ballarat, and the photos and files in the bottom of the compactus were damaged.'
There are several databases, typed lists and other documentation which are used to search records by Heritage support staff. They include:
We do not currently have any records linked to this organisation, but records may exist. The Find & Connect Support Service can help people who lived in orphanages and children's institutions look for their records.
12 December 2018
Cite this: https://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E000695
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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