AM I ELIGIBLE?
Victorian Forgotten Australians, Child Migrants and members of the Stolen Generations
In Victoria, Forgotten Australians are described as those Australians who spent all or part of their childhood in a Children’s Home or Orphanage during the last Century prior to 1990.
The Department of Human Services has recently confirmed that adults who as children were placed in Victorian out of home care services (e.g children’s homes and institutions, foster care) for some period of time prior to 1990 are eligible for Open Place services. This includes people described in the Senate Report 2004, as Forgotten Australians, Child Migrants and members of the Stolen Generations even if they now live interstate.
You will be eligible for all the services offered at Open Place, including access to brokerage funding for counselling and support to access records and family reunions, as well as group activities and events.
Families and partners of Victorian Forgotten Australians, Child Migrants and members of the Stolen Generations are eligible to access counselling services for a limited amount of sessions.
With your consent, where available, family members will receive assistance to access records and family searches through Open Place.
Forgotten Australians from other States
Forgotten Australians who spent all or part of their childhood in an Orphanage or Home in a State other than Victoria, but who now live in Victoria are welcome to call or “drop in” at Open Place to receive advice or support to access services in the State where they spent their time “in care”.
All Forgotten Australians are welcome to attend social support groups supported by Open Place.
Access to services at Open Place is not means tested
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT OPEN PLACE?
What can I expect when I contact or drop in at Open Place?
Open Place runs a daily “Intake” system which means we always have someone for Forgotten Australians to talk to about a concern or application for which you may need assistance.
You can expect our Intake worker to ask you a few questions and have a full conversation with you about what you think will best assist you. Through this process we aim to provide information and advice about all our services and to discuss with you how we can work out what is most important for your particular situation.
Because we need to be sure that we are providing services to Forgotten Australians and their families, you can expect our Intake worker to ask you if you have documents to confirm the dates of your time spent “in care”. If you don’t have any documents, the Intake worker will assist and provide you with advice about the best way of obtaining that information. Staff at Open Place understand that searching and obtaining personal records can be a very painful and stressful process. We aim to make this process as easy and stress-free as we can.
In most cases, we will provide you with a service directly from Open Place such as assistance to access your records and access to counselling. Where we cannot deliver a direct service to you, we will facilitate and provide support and advocacy for you to access the services that you need.