This archival series, Private Adoption files [Dependent Children and Adoptions Branch, Department of Community Services] contains records dated between 1956 and 1967. The records in this collection relate to private applications to the Supreme Court for the adoption of children referred to the Department for report. The records in this series are mainly reports about applicants by the Department sent to the Chief Justice in Equity.
This Series, Private Adoption files [Dependent Children and Adoptions Branch, Department of Community Services], is held by the State Records Authority of New South Wales. However people wishing to access the records in this series will need to contact the Adoption Information Unit. The Adoption Information Unit (AIU) is part of the New South Wales state government department of Family and Community Services and provides adoption information and support for individuals and their families in relation to adoptions in New South Wales and Intercountry adoptions that involve New South Wales.
The records in this series are mostly reports by the Department sent to the Chief Justice in Equity. The reports include basic information about the applicants who wish to adopt such as their names, education, family situation, their home, occupation and financial situation. These reports may also contain some information on the child the applicants wish to adopt such as name and date of birth.
Presumably these reports were used to make decisions about whether to proceed with an adoption. The reports are based on District Officers reports which are far more comprehensive particularly in regard to information about the birth families and individuals who may be adopted.
Sources used to compile this entry: Private Adoption files[Dependent Children and Adoptions Branch, Department of Community Services, State Records Authority of New South Wales Online Catalogue, State Records Authority of New South Wales, c. 2014. Also available at https://www.records.nsw.gov.au/series/14661; 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, https://clan.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/connectkin_guide.pdf.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 10 August 2011, Last modified: 9 July 2020