Series VPRS 4979
Adoption Applications Register
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Date Range: Series ? 1953 - ? 1962
  Series in Custody 1953 - 1962
  Contents 1953 - 1962
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1953 - 1962 Department of Community Welfare Services VA 613
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1996 - cont Department of Human Services VA 3970
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  • How to use the Records
    This series is closed to public inspection under section 9 of the Public Records Act.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of volumes maintained by the Department of Community Welfare Service to register applications received from persons wishing to adopt children.

    Volumes record basic information only, comprising the name of the applicants, the date of their application and the sex and age of the children they wish to adopt. A column headed remarks appears to have been used primarily to record movements of the applicants file. However, this entry can be annotated to indicate whether the application was subsequently withdrawn or cancelled and in some cases includes other annotations regarding the suitability of the applicants to adopt.

    These volumes do not record whether the applicants were successful in adopting children. It was not used to record the names of children who were adopted. Very rarely an entry may indicate the name of a child that the parents were presumably fostering at the time the application was made.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The series currently comprises two volumes based on the religion of the applicants, one catholic and the other protestant. The final volume of the protestant volume also records Jewish applicants.

    Each volume is further divided into sections based on the age range of children from which the applicants would like to adopt. Entries within these sections are listed in chronological order.

    The existence of any other volumes in this series is unknown.

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