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Looking for your welfare record?

General institutional records see State Records Archives in Brief Child Protection

Individuals looking for ward files/welfare records can contact the nearest Department of Families & Community Services (FaCS) Centre or phone (02) 9716 2662.

More Information

Find & Connect website is a gateway to connect Forgotten Australians,Former Child Migrants and their families, to information and resources that help make sense of the past, and to see where their story its into the broader historical context.

Need Help?

Wattle Place the NSW Support Services for Forgotten Australians  provides: Counselling and support for survivors and their families.Contact on freecall 1800 663 844 or 02 8837 7000

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. 

CREATE connect and empowers children and young people in care and improves the care system through activities, programs, training and policy advice.

The Salvation Army Family Tracing Services are dedicated to locating missing relatives and reuniting families.

Link up for Aboriginal families and communities in NSW affected by separation. Counselling and Support (02) 8840 1006: Link-Up NSW Reunification Service Freecall: 1800 624 332 Tel: (02) 4759 1911

Origins NSW Inc - information and resources for people separated by adoption.

Parragirls Memory Quilt

Our first project the Parragirls Memory Quilt with contributions from Parragirls in Australia and overseas. The Memory Quilt now hangs in the foyer of Bethel as a revealing testimony to our struggles and our stories.

Other Activities

Hay Girls Institution Reunion 2007

Parramatta Girls Play, Belvoir St Theatre 2007

Parramatta Girls Xmas Gathering 2007

Biloela Picnic at Cockatoo Island 2008

Open Days at Parramatta Girls Home

Forgotten Australians Apology, Canberra & Sydney 2009

Parramatta Girls-National Library of Australia, forum.

Parramatta Girls Play at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta 2014

Newsletters & information bulletins

Oral Histories

Referral & Support Services

Historical Information 

Advocacy & representation of Parragirls to Government and agencies.

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Contact register and support network for former residents of Parramatta Girls Home

Like to reconnect with other Parragirls?  join us on FACEBOOK

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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Report of Case Study No.7  Parramatta Training School for Girls and the Institution for Girls in Hay was tabled in the Commonwealth parliament today... see report

Parramatta Girls Home Memorial

11 November 2014: Attorney General Brad Hazzard and Minister for Family and Community Services Gabrielle Upton today announced a suite of measures to help support survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. The initiatives are the first step in responding to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse....more

Parramatta Girls Home Memorial Consultation Summary Report

Following consultations for the Parramatta Girls Home memorial from December 2014 to February 2015, Family and Community Services (FaCS) have released the consultation report. The report outlines the consultation process, outcomes and recommended options. Feedback is sought in response to recommendations.  Download copy of Report and feedback form here.

How do I give my feedback?

  • filling in the feedback form and returning it by mail or email
  • sending an email or letter or calling with your ideas

Telephone (free call)   1800 054 495 (9-5pm Mon-Fri)


Mail                                  Elton Consulting

                                         PO Box 1488

                                         Bondi Junction NSW 1355

The last day to give feedback is Friday 25 September 2015


A place of recognition - a tribute to women who experienced sexual and physical abuse as children in the care of the state at Parramatta Girls Home. NSW Government media release 11 November 2014

Exclusive look into the dungeon of Parramatta Girls Home | Daily Telegraph 7 March 2014

Former Parramatta Girl tells hearing she's waited half a century for Royal Commission | ABC Radio PM 28 Feb 2014

Parramatta abuse victims still unheard | ABC Radio AM 1 March 2014

Raped and beaten – 'they bounced me off every wall', witness tells hearing |The Guardian 27 Feb 2014

Innocence lost in brutal institution | Daily Telegraph 7 March 2014

Forgotten Australians Report

Forgotten Australians: A report on Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children 30 August 2004

Royal Commission

Recommendation 11

8.223 That the Commonwealth Government seek a means to require all charitable and church-run institutions and out-of-home care facilities to open their files and premises and provide full cooperation to authorities to investigate the nature and extent within these institutions of criminal physical assault, including assault leading to death, and criminal sexual assault, and to establish and report on concealment of past criminal practices or of persons known, suspected or alleged to have committed crimes against children in their care, by the relevant authorities, charities and/or Church organisations;

And if the requisite full cooperation is not received, and failing full access and investigation as required above being commenced within six months of this Report's tabling, that the Commonwealth Government then, following consultation with state and territory governments, consider establishing a Royal Commission into State, charitable, and church-run institutions and out-of-home care during the last century, provided that the Royal Commission:

Recognition through memorials and exhibitions

Recommendation 34

11.46 That the Commonwealth and State Governments, in conjunction with the Churches and agencies, provide funding for the erection of suitable memorials commemorating care leavers. Where possible, memorials could take the form of:

The Committee further recommends that the appropriate form and location of memorials should be determined after local consultation with care leavers and their support and advocacy groups.