Today marks the 13th Anniversary of the South Australian Apology to Child Victims of Child Abuse while in State Care.
In 2003, the Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care delivered the Forgotten Australians report. This report revealed a history of neglect, cruelty, abandonment and exploitation. It is a history that has left approximately 500,000 Australian children and child migrants physically and psychologically scarred.
We acknowledge the grief, suffering and trauma experienced by all abused in out-of-home care in South Australia. We also recognise the intergenerational impact this continues to have on survivors, their families and communities.
Survivors and interested people can visit the memorial to children who died while in State Care at West Terrace Cemetery in Adelaide. This Memorial is a permanent place of solace and reflection for Forgotten Australians, former child migrants, the Stolen Generations and anyone else who has experienced out of home care.
We offer a range of services for people who have been harmed by the experience of abuse and neglect in out-of-home care.
- Find & Connect | 1800 161 109
Support to Forgotten Australians and former child migrants who were in care in South Australia prior to 1989. This includes foster care, orphanage care, and other State or church-based institutions.
- Post Care Support Services | 1800 188 118
Post Care provides information, advocacy, case management and counselling. Services are for people who have lived in out-of-home care or placed under the Guardianship of the Minister in South Australia for more than six months.
- Redress Support Services | 1800 998 187
Support for people contemplating or going through the National Redress Scheme. The Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and compensation to people who have experienced child sexual abuse in Australian institutions.
For more information about these services, visit elmplace.org.au.