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New South Wales - Organisation

CatholicCare Sydney (2011 - )

Catholic, Church Agency and Records Holder

CatholicCare Sydney is the welfare agency of the Sydney Archdiocese of the Catholic Church. It was formerly called Centacare Catholic Community Services. It provides family services, children's and youth services, employment services and aged and disability services, together with adoption services and the Catholic Children's Homes Enquiry Service. There are a number of CatholicCare and Centacare offices throughout New South Wales, each of which is aligned with its local Catholic Diocese and forms part of Catholic Social Services Australia.


CatholicCare Sydney established the Catholic Children's Home Enquiry Service to provide a centralised information, counselling and referral service for those former children who spent time in Homes previously operated by a number of organisation of the Catholic Church across the state.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Our History', in Welcome to CatholicCare Sydney, CatholicCare Sydney, 2013,; Welcome to CatholicCare Sydney, CatholicCare Sydney, 2013,; Sisters of St Joseph, 'Letter from Sisters of St Joseph regarding location of records [Correspondence, Item 6]', in Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices: Submissions received by the Committee, 25 August 2011,; 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,

Prepared by: Naomi Parry