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Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) 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. Includes a list of orphanages and homes with contact details and other information such as photos if available.

Monash University – History of Adoption Project. This site includes a bibliography, Australian adoption records information for Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. There are also links to relevant government and community contacts.

Find & Connect Australia is a resource for forgotten Australians, former child migrants and everyone with an interest in the history of out-of-home ‘care’ in Australia. Use this site to find information, including documents and images, about institutions, organisations that managed children's institutions, policies, public figures and legislation. There are no personal records or private information available.

State Library of Victoria – Research Guides – Adoption and Forgotten Australians. Family history for adopted people, Forgotten Australians and child migrants. New

New South Wales

State Records New South Wales, Indexes Online, Child Care and Protection This index combines four indexes into one easy search. It includes:
• Mittagong Farm Home for Boys (1907-1921) which lists names, birth date, age in years and months, committal date and remarks. There is also a list of boys transferred from the training ship Sobraon, June 1911, when it was abolished
• Orphan schools (1817-1886). An index to records of Orphan Schools run by the NSW colonial government
• Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children (1852-1915). A search returns page and entry number, names, alias, age, date and references
•  Industrial Schools Records (1867-1942)
Photocopies of the records can be ordered online, for a fee, using SRNSW’s Copy Service. 

Sydney Benevolent Asylum Index to Admissions and Discharges 1857-1900 by Heather Garnsey & Martyn Killion. The asylum was established in 1818 as a philanthropic organisation to care for the needy of Sydney. It served a vital role caring for the poor, abandoned, destitute and sick. This free online database indexes 78,000 names plus there is a free search service available to check for any additional information. 

Connecting kin: a guide to help people separated from their families search for their records. This 383 page guide, published by the Department of Community Services (DOCS) in 1998, is available online as a PDF file. This guide provides information about where records are kept and how to access them. It covers both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal resources.

Queensland State Archives - Indexes include:
Orphanage and reformatory indexes:
Toowoomba Girls Reformatory Admissions 1881-1903
Toowoomba Girls Reformatory Discharges 1882-1903
Westbrook Reformatory Admission Registers 1871-1906

South Australia
State Records of South Australia offers online name searching using ArchivesSearch . Records available include ledgers of children
boarded out (1862-1913); registers of admissions to the Industrial School (1886-1922) and (1884-1893).

Find Your Way Home with SA Link-Up aims to assist Indigenous people find connections to family. The online guide (PDF)Finding Your Own Way details existing records of South Australian children's homes and institutions.

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