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Supporting Forgotten Australians & Former Child Migrants

Friday the 16th November marked the 9th Anniversary of the Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. Relationships Australia held events in Darwin and Alice Springs to commemorate the occasion.

Every year we hold events on the anniversary of the national apology, encouraging people to come together and remember the day. This year in Darwin, a lunch was hosted with some unique animals from Crocodylus Park visiting. Everyone had the opportunity to learn about the animals, hold and take photos with them. Alice Springs held a peaceful picnic at the  Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants acknowledgement seat that was unveiled last year.

Who are the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants?

Forgotten Australians are 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. Former Child Migrants are the (more than) 7,000 children who were deported from the United Kingdom, 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’. They suffered from exploitation and mistreatment at the hands of the people who were responsible for looking after them.

Who made the Apology?

In 2009, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, on behalf of the Australian Government. A moving ceremony was held in the Great Hall in Parliament House where the Prime Minister apologised, on behalf of the nation, to more than 500,000 Australians - many of whom suffered abuse and neglect while in out-of-home care during the last century.

How can RA-NT help?

Our Find and Connect Support Services include help with record searches, specialist counselling, referral to other services, and follow-up support, including peer and social support.

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