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New South Wales - Archival Series

Adoption Special Needs Files (1985 - )

Anglicare Adoption Services


Adoption Special Needs Files is an archival series held by Anglicare Adoption Services and makes up part of their archival collection. These records are arranged alphabetically by surname of the adoptive parents. They relate to children with disabilities or special care needs and include medical and psychiatric reports, information on birth and foster parents, and details of the home or institution the child has been placed in.


Access Conditions

Access to the records in this series is based around the Adoption Act 2000. For plain language information on what this means for you the New South Wales Government has created two sets of fact sheets. One for adoptions before 2010 and one for all adoptions after 2010. links to these factsheets are provided below under "Publications".

Depending on your age (if you are under 18), if you are a relative or an individual who experienced adoption directly and on the time of your adoption experience you will have different kinds of access to records in this series. As such people wishing to access records in this series should contact Anglicare to find out what access conditions apply to them.

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Online Resources

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,

Prepared by: Melissa Downing