Centacare replaced the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau in 1977. In 2013, it continues to assist families and to offer adoption services.
Part VI of the Adoption of Children Act 1988 made information on adoptions arranged by the Catholic Private Adoption Agency available to all parties connected with them.
In 2013, Centacare's adoption services include support to relinquishing parents, adoptive parents, and people who have been adopted. Through the Adoption Information Service, run by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centacare provides information and makes links between relinquishing parents and adoptees. Centacare also runs Annie Kenny Young Women's Refuge.
Centacare holds a few records relevant to former Catholic homes in Tasmania.
1959 - 1977 Catholic Family Welfare Bureau
1977 - Centacare Tasmania
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 30 June 1970, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1970; 'A Piece of the Story': National Directory of Records of Catholic Organisations Caring for Children Separated from Families, Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission & Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, 1999, https://cssa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/A-Piece-of-the-Story.pdf. p.95..
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 12 January 2011, Last modified: 11 March 2014