Records of Uniting - Connections (adoptions and out-of-home care) dates from 1910 to 2020. This collection was previously in the custody of the organisation Uniting - Connections (2017-2020). It includes both adoption and out of home care records from the Methodist Babies' Home, Presbyterian Babies' Home, Presbyterian Sisterhood, Girls' Memorial Home, Canterbury Family Centre, The Presbyterian and Scots' Church Children's Aid Society, Copelen Street and Connections UnitingCare. The types of records include admission books, adoption registers, client files, medical cards, and photographs.
Former residents and people affected by adoption (and their families) should contact the Uniting Heritage Service to find information, and access personal files. The Uniting Heritage Service is a free service that helps individuals access information about them or family members, as well as access appropriate support should they choose. Heritage Service staff prefer to release records to past residents and people affected by adoption, or their family members in person, where possible, in order to give greater meaning and context to the information.
Records of Uniting - Connections is a large collection of records that includes admission books, adoption records, medical cards, case books, registers and index cards.
These records were catalogued and digitised as part of the Records Access Documentation Grants in 2017. Records in this collection have been indexed and documented as part of the Records Access Documentation Grants in 2019.
More specifically, the collection includes:
As of September 2017, the provenance of some of the following records is not yet known.
An in-house developed database can be searched using a number of parameters including names, date of birth, and admission/discharge dates. Scanned images of the records in the collection are stored on the organisation's server and attached to the relevant case files directly within the database.
Sources used to compile this entry: This entry has been updated with information received from the record holders as part of the Records Access Documentation grants. The source documents are held in the Find & Connect project files at the University of Melbourne.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 27 June 2013, Last modified: 28 July 2023