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Tasmania - Organisation

Care Leavers of Australia Network (2000 - )

Advocacy Body and Support Service
Alternative Names
  • Care Leavers Australasia Network Care Leavers Australasia Network (Also known as)
  • CLAN (Acronym)

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN), founded in 2000 in Sydney, is a support and advocacy group for people brought up away from their family as state wards or as Home children raised in Children's Homes, orphanages or other institutions, or in foster care. CLAN is also for anyone who has a close family member who was placed in care. The founding members of CLAN are Leonie Sheedy and Joanna Penglase, both Care Leavers who had for years been involved in awareness-raising about the issues facing people who experienced out of home care as children.

Related Events

Related Glossary Terms



  • Penglase, Joanna, 'Orphans of the living': growing up in 'care' in twentieth century Australia, Curtin University Book, Fremantle, 2005, 384 pp. Details


  • 'Time for a Royal Commission': Annual Report 2011-12, Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN), 2012. Details

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill