The newly incorporated Stolen Generations Council of NSW & ACT has established a telephone “Assistance and Referral service” for NSW and ACT members of the Stolen Generations. This service is to be auspiced by The Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) with Federal Government funding made available through FAHCSIA.
This service will offer information and advice to those members of the Stolen Generations who are resident in NSW or ACT who have been affected by past government policies, which resulted in them living away from their families and communities in government or other institutions. The service will also offer advice and support to other Aboriginal people (and their families) who have lived in foster or other care situations.
The Secretary of the Stolen Generations Council, Lola Edwards said, “As a former resident of the Cootamundra Aboriginal Girls Training Home, I understand the pain
associated with removal and the trauma inflicted by being separated from your family and community. This service will help our people who have been and remain affected by past assimilationist policies – by connecting them to culturally appropriate services.”
“The establishment of the Council will also ensure that members of the Stolen Generations have a reasoned voice to lobby and advocate for them on justice and social
welfare issues,” she said.
Members of the Stolen Generations seeking advice/referral or who wish to become members of the Stolen Generations Council should Telephone on Freecall 1800 263 881.
Source: Stolen Generations Council