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Adoption, fostering and child welfare in South Australia: Adopting and fostering of children

How to find information about adoption, fostering and children in institutional care, online and at the State Library of South Australia.

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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.

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

Services are delivered through hubs in metropolitan and regional areas

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 South Australia - Elm Place
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
(SA State Office)
Ground floor, 191 Flinders Street
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 9820
Adelaide SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8223 4566
Ph: 1800 16 11 09 (free call)

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

Post Box 819
Cottesloe WA 6911

PASS Post Adoption Support Services (Relationships Australia)
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