Who is it for?
- Forgotten Australians – that is, anyone who experienced institutional or other out-of-home care as children before 1990
- People of the Stolen Generations
- Anyone 26 years or older who was previously placed in out-of-home care in NSW after 1990
- Anyone residing in NSW impacted by Forced Adoptions
- Former Child Migrants who were placed in institutional or other out-of-home care
- People seeking support with understanding the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse
Our counsellors are qualified and have experience supporting adults who were brought up in institutional care. Through their work, they are aware of the difficulties many Forgotten Australians experience in their personal and family lives.
What will it be like?
- Clarify your problems.
- Gain new perspectives.
- Work through change.
How can it help me?
Wattle Place provides the following services:
- Face to face and telephone counselling
- Information and referral to other services
- Access to care records
- Family tracing
- Support for family reunions
- Life Skills workshops
Wattle Place also offers social activities and events, a newsletter, and a drop in centre.
Wattle Place is excited to release a new booklet, led by Forgotten Australians, designed to help healthcare providers, government workers, service providers and the wider community, understand the difficulties Forgotten Australians, and others with experiences in institutional or foster “care”, can face in everyday life, because of the trauma many of them endured as children.
We need to generate more understanding about the impacts Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations carry with them, to enable more respectful, helpful interactions that improve their lives. You can view the booklet HERE
Relationships Australia NSW’s Wattle Place delivers the following services to the community.
WATTLE PLACE PROGRAMS
NSW FORGOTTEN AUSTRALIANS SUPPORT SERVICE
There are an estimated 500,000 people known as Forgotten Australians. “Forgotten Australians” is a term used to describe adults who were removed from their parents and placed in institutions, orphanages, children’s homes or foster homes as children. Many, though certainly not all, suffered physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse during those experiences. Wattle Place counsellors are qualified and have specialised experience supporting Forgotten Australians. Through their work, they are aware of the difficulties many Forgotten Australians experience in their personal and family lives as a result of these experiences in their childhood.
As well as the general Wattle Place services, we support Forgotten Australians with the following services:
- A drop-in centre
- Social activities and events
- Group workshops
- A quarterly newsletter
- Some assistance accessing additional services
Although they are distinct groups, members of the Stolen Generations, and former Child Migrants who were in out-of-home care, share common experiences and impacts with Forgotten Australians and are also eligible for these services.
AFTERCARE RESOURCE CENTRE SUPPORT SERVICE
Aftercare Resource Centre Support Service (ARCSS) is a support service for adults 26 or over who were in out of home care in NSW, as children, after 1990.
As well as our general Wattle Place services, this service provides:
- Advice, information and help with health and education
- Referral and Advocacy to Government and Non-Government agencies about care leaver issues.
Under our funding conditions, Forced Adoptions are adoptions which may have taken place without the consent of the parents, without knowledge of the parents, using deception or coercion to obtain consent under duress.
Wattle Place provides support to any adults impacted by Forced Adoptions – the parents, adoptees, their siblings and other family members. As well as the general Wattle Place services, this service organises retreats and apology events from time to time.
Forced Adoption: 1800 21 03 13
FIND AND CONNECT
Find and Connect is a national network of support services for people belonging to any of the groups listed above.
Wattle Place provides the following Find and Connect services to eligible people who register with Wattle Place:
- Search for records relating to care history, family history and personal documents
- Family tracing
- Personalised counselling support through the search process and to develop skills to build safe and healthy relationships
- Support to reconnect with family members, where possible.
Find and Connect : 1800 16 11 09
NATIONAL REDRESS SUPPORT SERVICE
The National Redress Scheme has been offered in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Applications for Redress can be made any time before 30 June 2027.
We realise that there may be times when going through this process may be difficult. You may want to think about talking to someone you know and trust to give you support. Wattle Place is a Redress Support Service especially funded to provide you with emotional support, support to fill in your application, and referrals to legal advice or help with managing your financial situation.
Booking Wattle Place
- No referral is required
- It is a free service
- Face to face, telephone or online counselling available
- We offer culturally sensitive support and the opportunity to work with Aboriginal counsellors.
- Relationships Australia NSW services are backed by 70 years of clinical experience and service history.
- To book or make an enquiry please call 1800 663 844 and email firstname.lastname@example.org