Connecting Home is a state-wide organisation committed to providing a broad range of services to survivors of the Stolen Generations.
In addition to our individual support service, we also provide information and education to the wider community regarding Stolen Generations history and current issues.
Connecting Home was established in early 2010 in direct response to reports such as the Bringing Them Home report and Closing the Gap, understanding that past removal policies still affect Aboriginal families and communities.
As such, Connecting Home aims to respond to the needs of not only those people who are directly affected by such policies, but their children, partners and families as well.
Connecting Home defines a survivor of the Stolen Generations as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who was removed or separated from family, land, language and culture as a result of past policies, including adoption, foster care and institutionalisation.
Apology Day, February 13th
Anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generations. Commemoration events are organised with the local community and held in the Melbourne and regional Victorian towns.
Sorry Day, May 26
Sorry Day commemorates the day that Bringing Them Home, a report which details the nationwide experience of the Stolen Generations, was tabled in Parliament.
Reconciliation Week, May 27 – June 3
Connecting Home supports a range of events across Victoria to celebrate and encourage reconciliation throughout all communities.
Connecting Home has a large range of educational and promotional resources available. Contact our office if you would like to order any of these items.
Second Step: a resource for teachers
Among Us: DVD of stories of people who resided in Ballarat Children’s Home
Between Two Worlds: a guide to understanding the Stolen Generations
No Bodies Child: DVD of stories of people who resided in Institutions in Melbourne’s Eastern Region around Box Hill.
Making a Claim: A booklet explaining your legal rights for making a Damages Claim, and an easy to understand explanation of process and pitfalls to be aware of.
Connecting Home has a number of male and female Support workers who can assist clients within a range of services, including housing, counseling, service referral and finding your story. Our support workers can also assist in referring clients to pro bono lawyers for legal information.
Connecting Home is involved in a number of healing programs, including youth and families. The programs are designed to assist people in their ‘journey of healing’.
Connecting Home has a number of education resources for teachers, educators as well as for staff development in broad sectors at every level, and can arrange in-house professional development training. In addition we also have tailors programs to primary, secondary and tertiary students.
As well as education programs, Connecting Home can also present to a wide range of health and human service professionals, council reconciliation groups, and other interested organisations. Presentations can be developed to suit the needs of the audience.