The Church of England Children's Homes: Admission Cards are held by Anglicare Out-of-Home Care Services. These records usually contain the following information: child's name and date of birth; guardian's name and address; names of parents; admission date; name of home or institution the child was placed in; and length of stay. These cards are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the child. According to the guide Connecting Kin (1998), these records are incomplete.
Access to information contained in these records is restricted to ex-clients, or to a member of an ex-client's family providing they have the written permission of that person. Before information is given out it is checked for anything which may cause distress and if necessary a counsellor is called in. People applying to get access to information must provide proof of identity.
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, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 9 August 2011, Last modified: 10 December 2014