Family Casework ('C') Files relate to the Department's case work with children, young people and families. The files contain records such as reports, information about family backgrounds and situation, correspondence, information about name changes and requests for adoption.
Access to these records is restricted. People wishing to access restricted records can either contact their nearest Community Services Centre to apply or they can post the information; an application form must be completed together with proof of identity provided.
Although the information on each Casework File varies, they include brief histories of family background, reports about the child's parents, children admitted or committed to the care of the Minister as State wards or committed to departmental institutions, and on foster home placements.
They can also include correspondence concerning contact between parents and children, name changes and requests for adoption.
If a child or young person was reunited with their family, put up for adoption or married (by applying to the courts) the File was discontinued. Otherwise, the File was discontinued when the young person turned 18.
According to Connecting Kin (1998), there are approximately 30,000 Family Casework 'C' Files.
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: 12 December 2014