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New South Wales - Archival Series

Client files, Stretch-A-Family (1977 - 2021)


These files contain a brief history of the young person and the issues that led to their referral to Stretch-A-Family. They also contain a record of Stretch-A-Family's involvement with the young person. The following information may be found on a file: name; address at time of admission; date of birth; date of admission; legal status of young person; name and address of guardian; health issues; history of Stretch-A-Family's involvement; date of placement in foster care (if relevant); name of foster carers; education records; and records of involvement with significant people.

Quantity: 500 files (approx.)


When Stretch-A-Family closed in 2021, it stated that "all records regarding former children and young people who were in the care of Stretch-A-Family have been returned to The NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ)".

Access Conditions

Access to these records is restricted. People wishing to access these records should contact the Care Leavers Records Access Unit within the Department of Communities and Justice.


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,; Stretch-A-Family Inc website, accessed 2022:

Prepared by: Melissa Downing