Anglicare Welfare Services, Sydney was the welfare division of Anglicare New South Wales (formerly the Anglican Home Mission Society) which in turn was the welfare arm of the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church (Church of England). Charlton Youth Services was part of Anglicare Welfare Services. Care Force (later known as Anglicare Child and Family Services) was also part of Anglicare Welfare Services. In 2014, all records that had previously been with Anglicare Welfare Services or Anglicare Child and Family Services were with Anglicare Out-of-Home Care Services at Telopea.
The Anglican (or Church of England) Diocese of Sydney developed and supported a number of committees that ran children's homes and programmes in the Sydney metropolitan area from the late 19th century until the present.
The main committees running children's homes with the support of the Anglican Diocese were Church of England Homes and the Anglican Home Mission Society. The Anglican Home Mission Society changed its name to Anglicare in 1997. Anglicare Welfare Services was part of Anglicare, as were organisations such as Charlton Youth Services, Care Force and Carramar Adoption Agency. Anglicare Child and Family Services was also part of Anglicare Welfare Services.
When Homes and services operated by these committees and organisations closed, the records were sent to the Home Mission Society. When that organisation became Anglicare, the records were transferred to Anglicare Child and Family Services (formerly Care Force), as were adoption records.
In 2008 Anglicare Child and Family Services became the Anglicare Child, Youth and Family Department and Anglicare Out-of-Home Care Services was created. Since then Anglicare Out-of-Home Care Services has controlled records generated by children's homes that were linked to the Diocese of Sydney.
The following were Church of England homes operated by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney through Church of England Homes and the Home Mission Society:
Sources used to compile this entry: Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, https://clan.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/connectkin_guide.pdf.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing and Leanne Howard
Created: 3 March 2011, Last modified: 18 May 2014