12th Anniversary of the South Australian Apology to Child Victims of Child Abuse while in State Care

On 17 June 2008, the South Australian Government apologised on behalf of the current and previous Parliaments of South Australia, to those who were abused as children while in State care.

The State Apology was born from the Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care (2003 – 2004). The first report from the inquiry was released in 2004 – Forgotten Australians: A report on Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children. This report revealed a history of neglect, cruelty, abandonment and exploitation that left approximately 500,000 Australian children and child migrants, physically and psychologically scarred.

As the home of Elm Place, we acknowledge the grief, suffering and trauma experienced by all those who were abused in out-of-home care in South Australia and acknowledge the intergenerational impact this continues to have on survivors, their families and their communities.

A memorial to children who died while in State Care was opened at West Terrace cemetery in Adelaide on 17 June 2016. This Memorial is a place to remember and acknowledge the lives and deaths of these children. It provides a permanent place of solace and reflection for Forgotten Australians, former child migrants, members of the Stolen Generations and anyone else who has experienced out of home care.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by the experience of abuse and neglect while in out of home State Care, Elm Place offers a range of services and works alongside the Find & Connect Support Service. Find & Connect offers support to Forgotten Australians and former child migrants who were in care in South Australia prior to 1989, including foster care, orphanage care, and other State or church-based institutions.

You can phone our services directly on the numbers below:

Post Care Support Services: 1800 188 118
Find & Connect: 1800 161 109
Redress Support Services: 1800 998 187
Email us at elmplace@rasa.org.au or visit elmplace.org.au