Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN), founded in 2000 in Sydney, is a support and advocacy group for people brought up in care away from their family as state wards or Home children raised in Children's Homes, orphanages or other institutions, or in foster care. CLAN is also for anyone who has a close family member who was placed in 'care'. The founding members of CLAN are Leonie Sheedy and Joanna Penglase, both 'care leavers' who had for years been involved in awareness-raising about the issues facing people who experienced out of home 'care' as children.
Sources used to compile this entry: Penglase, Joanna, Orphans of the living: growing up in 'care' in twentieth century Australia., Fremantle Arts Press, Fremantle, 2005; Sheedy, Leonie, '"' Unfinished business", reflections on my experiences of being raised as a state ward of Victoria' Miss Leonie Sheedy (submission no.33)', in Inquiry into Institutional Care: Submissions received as at 17/03/05,, Commonwealth of Australia, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/submissions/sublist.
Prepared by: Rosemary Francis
Created: 19 July 2011, Last modified: 10 November 2011