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New South Wales - Archival Series

Adoption Files (1967 - )


The Adoption Files held by Family Spirit date back to 1967. The files contain all information relating to the adoption of each child, from the birth to post adoption contacts. Biographical information about the birth parents is attached, along with counselling records and interview notes. Details of the adoptive parents, along with their application to adopt, and assessment of their application, are held on file. In some cases, post adoption contact information, such as correspondence, is attached.


Access Conditions

Access to information contained on the adoption files is restricted according to the provisions of the NSW Adoption Act 2000 and Adoption Regulations 2003.

Please contact Family Spirit for access to these records.

Related Contact Details

Related Organisations



  • Burford, Sister Kath R.F.J., St Anthony's Family Care, St Anthony's Family Care, Croydon, 1989. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 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: Melissa Downing and Naomi Parry