Adoption and state ward records

This page will help you to find information on accessing adoption records for each Australian state and territory. The Family History Kit has addresses of Indigenous family history organisations for each state.

Useful Websites

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia

  • Information About Adoption - WA Dept for Child Protection.
  • Signposts - contains information and contact details for more than 200 facilities that provided some sort of residential, out-of-home care in Western Australia from 1920, sometimes even earlier.

State wards

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) is a support and advocacy group for people brought up in care away from their family as state wards or Home children raised in Children's homes, orphanages or other institutions, or in foster care. 

  • The CLAN website contains:
    a searchable listing of orphanages, children’s homes and institutions in which CLAN members grew up
  • information to assist you in locating your ward file or other personal records from when you or someone close to you was in 'care' and separated from family members
  • contact and reunion links for people who have lost touch with their families after being placed in 'care'

Find and Connect is an Australian Government website developed to assist member of the Forgotten Australians, Stolen Generations, Child Migrants and others who were institutionalised as children. It has detailed information about institutions, where the records are held and how to contact them.

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