RECORDS, FIND AND CONNECT
The Records, Find and Connect team can support you to search for family members whom you were separated from as a result of being placed in care, such as siblings, parents or grandparents.
Open Place works closely with VANISH to conduct many of these searches. VANISH are a support, information and referral service for those who an adoption or donor conception experience, while also conducting family searches for Forgotten Australians on behalf of Open Place.
These searches may involve applying for your own records of time in care to obtain helpful information about your family.
This journey can bring up mixed emotions as you find out about your family history. The search can take a significant amount of time to complete and you will be updated as information about your family is found.
Please be aware that when searching for living family members, due to privacy legislations only publicly available sources are possible to search.
You may like to take the opportunity to access some counselling through Open Place or with your chosen counsellor while you undertake your records and family search.