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Aboriginal Family History: Adoption and fostering of children

The State Library of South Australia holds a wide cross section of information about South Australia and its people, some of which relates to Aboriginal people, but specific information regarding families can sometimes require broad research.

Our Resources

This is a select list of publications held in the State Library's Family History Collection, which provide information about adoption and fostering of children in South Australia. In 1988, the Adoption Act was changed to give adopted people and birth-parents the rights to obtain or deny identifying information. Details of organisations which may be able to provide assistance are also given.

Books in the SLSA

Government organisations

Adoption - Department for Child Protection
Street address: Level 17
31 Flinders Street 
Adelaide SA 5000
Postal address:
GPO Box 292
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 8124 4185
Email: decdfamilies@sa.gov.au

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State Records
Postal address: GPO Box 2343 Adelaide SA 5001
City research centre : 26-28 Leigh Street Adelaide SA 5000
Gepps Cross research centre: 115 Cavan Road Gepps Cross SA 5094
Telephone: (08) 8204 8791
Fax: (08) 8204 8777
Records held include State Children's Department, Destitute Person's Department and Social Welfare Department.

Find and Connect Australia
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
(SA State Office)
Level 18, 11 Waymouth Street
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 9820
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8318 2100
Ph: 1300 653 227 (local call cost)
Fax: (08) 8400 2197
The website can help you locate and get access to your own personal records which may be kept by government departments or past providers of 'care'. There are no personal records or private information published on the site.

Non-government organisations

Adoption Jigsaw
Post Box 819
Cottesloe WA 6911

 

PASS Post Adoption Support Services
49A Orsmond Street
Hindmarsh   SA   5007
Phone: 8245 8100

Provides counselling, information and support, assistance with family search and reunion, and links to other supports and networks