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On the 16th of November 2009, Kevin Rudd delivered a National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants on behalf of the Australian Government.

The term Forgotten Australians is sometimes used to refer to the more than 500,000 children who grew up in orphanages, foster care, children’s Homes or other institutions in Australia from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.

The term Former Child Migrants is sometimes used to refer to the more than 7,000 children who were deported from the United Kingdom and Malta and placed in charitable and religious institutions in Australia, often without their families’ knowledge or consent. Many never saw their families again and lost their connection to their country and culture.

These children experienced neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse during their time in ‘care’ and suffered from exploitation and mistreatment at the hands of the people who were responsible for looking after them.

The date of the Apology is now an 1800 number, and people can dial 1800 16 11 09 to get either phone or face-to-face support in their state.

Relationships Australia NT Find and Connect Support Service includes help with record searches, specialist counselling, referral to other services, and follow-up support, including peer and social support.

The National Find and Connect support service complements the www.findandconnect.gov.au, a valuable resource that contains information about institutions, orphanages and children’s Homes, to help Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants start searching for records.

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