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South Australia - Glossary Term

State Child (1886 - )

Term commonly found on child welfare records

State child was a term first used in the Destitute Persons Act Amendment Act 1886 to refer to children committed to the care of the state. In the State Children Act 1895 a State Child was defined as a convicted, destitute or neglected child who was received into, or committed to the care of, the State Children's Council. The term was redefined in successive legislation and was generally used to describe any child placed under the care of the State.

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George