Seventh anniversary of National Apology

26 Oct, 2016

November 16 marks the seventh anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

The Find and Connect service at Relationships Australia will be acknowledging this important occasion with a morning tea.

Manager of the WA Find & Connect program Karen Randolph said the anniversary marks an important milestone in Australia’s history.

But while the government’s apology in 2009 was a landmark event she said the remembrance and recognition of the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants is still a significant issue in the country.

“More than 500,000 children spent time in institutional ‘care’ in the past century and many suffered neglect and abuse during this period,” she said.

“It is important the public continues to acknowledge and remember the terrible wrongs that many of these children suffered after they were placed into orphanages, foster care and children’s Homes.”

The Apology recognised that many Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants continue to face a range of complex issues, including mental and physical illness, homelessness, substance abuse, educational and family relationship difficulties, as a result of their experiences in out-of-home care. A number of initiatives developed by the Australian Government seek to meet the needs of these Australians. To find out more about the National Apology click here.

For information about our support services for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants go to visit our Find and Connect page here.

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