More support for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants to reconnect with their families will be available online and through key advocacy agencies in the coming months.
The Australian Government is providing more than $3 million in the first phase of investment in the national Find and Connect service to help Forgotten Australians and former child migrants access professional counselling services, trace their personal and family histories and reunite with family members where possible.
The Find and Connect service was part of the Government’s commitments made at the 2009 National Apology to the more than 500,000 Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants - many of whom suffered abuse and neglect while in out-of-home care last century.
The funding will support:
The Government will work with community agencies, and the states and territories, to encourage timely access and the supported release of historical records to care leavers.
The Government will also continue its close engagement with care leavers, State and Territory Governments and other stakeholders in the sector as it designs the next phase of implementation of national find and connect services from November 2011.
We know that for many Forgotten Australians and child migrants who grew up in institutional and foster care, the feelings of loss and abandonment have remained with them throughout their lives.
Providing services to help them reconnect with their identity and with their families where this is possible is one way the Government can help heal the legacy of the trauma and loneliness of lost childhoods.
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