Barnardos provides a service for people who have lived in Barnardos care. We can provide you with information on your files and general counselling about your past.

For young people who have been with the Find-a-Family program in NSW and who wish to find out more about your past, contact Barnardos Find-a-Family Centre in Sydney on (02) 9218 2300.

For young people who have been in care in the ACT and wish to find out more about your past, contact Barnardos Canberra Centre on (02) 6241 5466.

You can find more information about child migration in Australia here.

We also provide after care services including:

  • providing file material
  • birth certificates
  • medical advice
  • assistance with passports
  • advocacy
  • undertaking reunions with former child migrants who arrived in Australia with Barnardos
  • support is given to an Active Old Boys and Girls Committee.

Located at Barnardos Head Office, the service also provides after care for some Australian ex-clients who were cared for in Barnardos children’s homes.

Barnardos Old Boys and Girls and ex-clients can obtain a copy of their Barnardos Australian File from Barnardos Australia Aftercare program with proof of identity. They can also obtain a copy of their Barnardos UK file (if any) from Barnardos UK Making Connections program on production of certified copies of proof of identity. There is no charge for either service, but there can be delays in obtaining files depending on accessibility and processing.

Next of kin can access limited Australian information on deceased Old Boys and Girls and ex-clients from Barnardos Australia Aftercare on production of proof of death and next of kin status at no charge. Next of kin can obtain copies of UK file material from Barnardos UK Making Connections program after demonstrating proof of identity and next of kin status. There is a fee for this service.

All initial contact for people living in Australia should be to:

Barnardos After Care
60-64 Bay Street
ULTIMO  NSW  2007
Phone: (02) 9218 2300
Fax: 02 9281 0441
Email:  aftercare@barnardos.org.au