Although originally set up for men who had been to Christian Brothers' schools and institutions, CBERSS later extended its services to women who had been in Sisters of Mercy or Sisters of Nazareth institutions. CBERSS was funded by the Christian Brothers, the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Nazareth as a functionally independent service. CBERSS provided family tracing, literacy classes, no-interest loans, counselling and funded travel for family reunification.
The 'C-BERS Travel Fund' was established in 1995. CBERSS' submission to the Inquiry in Child Migration in 2001 outlined the fund criteria:
The average cost per former child migrant was $6,700.
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29 October 2020
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