Stanmore Children's Home
These Client Files, which comprise three cartons, contain information relating to the child's admission including an admission form which records personal and family details (i.e. name, date of birth, parents' details, etc.). The files may also, but not necessarily, contain copies of Children's Court orders and court reports, correspondence to and from the Department of Youth and Community Services, school reports, reports by social workers, medical reports, case notes, interview notes and case plan recommendations. Some of the children admitted to Stanmore Children's Home were later transferred to one of the Family Group Homes (e.g. Dulwich Hill, Earlwood, Narwee), and there are also files for those children in the relevant group home's records.
Former residents and clients can access information about themselves after providing proof of identity. Access to information may be given to a third party providing they have written permission from the person to whom the information relates, can prove a connection with that person, or show evidence that the person is deceased. All other applications for access will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Access to information about adoptions is subject to the provisions of the NSW Adoption Act 2000.
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: 10 August 2011, Last modified: 17 May 2014