Open Place Records, Find and Connect staff will assist Forgotten Australians to access records of time in care and family records, to undertake family searches and in some cases to undertake family reunions. Support funding is available to assist these undertakings.

Please contact Records, Find and Connect staff for information and assistance in accessing records, family searches or family reunions.

The Records, Find and Connect worker will support you to apply for any documents that either the Department of Human Services or past providers of Children’s Homes and Orphanages may hold about you. The worker can apply on your behalf or give you information and guidance about how to apply yourself.

Face-to-face support and/or counselling can also be arranged throughout the search journey as we understand that receiving your files can induce mixed emotions. We always recommend that Forgotten Australians receive counselling through the search process.

Open Place can also advocate on your behalf if you feel you are not getting an adequate response to your application.

The Records and Find and Connect worker can also assist you through the process of searching for the following important documents:

  • Birth certificates for yourself and your family members.
  • Death notices and certificates of your family members.
  • Marriage certificates of your family members.
  • War records.
  • Shipping and migration records.

If you would like to find out more about accessing your records please contact us