The Family Care Society was one of the agencies that gave evidence to the Inquiry into the Welfare of Former British Child Migrants in 1998. At that time, it was a voluntary adoption agency in Northern Ireland, 'working with the sending agencies in getting information, in tracing families and providing counselling and arranging for reunion work' related to the 100 children who were sent from Northern Ireland to Australia.
By 1998, the Family Care Society was continuing work previously undertaken by the Sisters of Nazareth in Derry and the Down and Connor Adoption Society.
The Family Care Society also assisted families of former child migrants who came from the Republic of Ireland to trace relatives separated by child migration. They worked closely with the Catholic Child Welfare Council in Britain and with the CBERSS - Christian Brothers Ex-Residents and Students Service in Western Australia.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Minutes of Evidence Taken Before the Health Committee on 11 June 1998', in Health - Third Report, House of Commons Health Committee, Parliament of the United Kingdom, 11 June 1998, https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199798/cmselect/cmhealth/755/8061101.htm; Companies House, Company Details, Family Care Society, Government of the United Kingdom, 2003, http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/7f02d98138eb0f5e9bfec983c8fb5cc9/compdetails; Family Care Society, 'Memorandum by the Family Care Society', in Minutes of Evidence Taken Before the Health Committee on 11 June 1998, Parliament of the United Kingdom, 11 June 1998, https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199798/cmselect/cmhealth/755/8061115.htm.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 8 August 2012, Last modified: 11 April 2014