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New South Wales - Organisation

CatholicCare Adoption Services (2011 - 2018)

Adoption Agency, Adoption Information Service, Catholic, Records Access Service and Records Holder
Alternative Names
  • Catholic Children's Home Services
  • Origins Services

CatholicCare Adoption Services was created in 2011, replacing Centacare Adoption Services. It is part of CatholicCare Sydney. CatholicCare Adoption Services deal with Catholic adoptions, both current and past. It is a central repository for all files relating to Catholic adoptions in New South Wales. It also holds the records of a number of children's homes run by the Catholic Church in New South Wales and runs the Catholic Children's Homes Enquiry Service.


In 2011, Centacare changed its name. Centacare Catholic Community Services Sydney became CatholicCare Social Services and Centacare Adoption Services became CatholicCare Adoption Services.

In 2018, CatholicCare Adoption Services merged with the adoption arm of Marist180, to create a new organisation called Family Spirit.


 1967 - 1993 Catholic Adoption Agency
       1993 - 2011 Centacare Adoption Services
             2011 - 2018 CatholicCare Adoption Services
                   2018 - Family Spirit

Related Organisations


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: CatholicCare Sydney Past Adoption Services Factsheet, CatholicCare Sydney, 2013c,; 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,; Advice on location of records of St Martha's, St Joseph's Croydon, St Joseph's Lane Cove and St Joseph's Kincumber derived from emails from Archivist, Sisters of St Joseph, January and April 2013; Email from Wattle Place 22 May 2013 about location of records of Waitara; Email from CatholicCare Adoption Services 28 May 2013 about location of records from Waitara.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry