Family Services
Heritage Service

Helping you better understand your past.

We can help you access records and information about your or your family member’s adoption or time in care.

Heritage Service

Support to access your records.

The Uniting Heritage Service is a service for people (and their families) who spent time in Homes or foster care as children and for those affected by adoption run by the former Presbyterian, Methodist, and the Uniting Churches. 

Were you or a family member in out-of-home care or adopted?

Our service exists to support you, and your family members, if you were adopted or spent some or all of your childhood in out-of-home care services provided by the former Presbyterian, Methodist, or Uniting Churches in Victoria.

Founding agencies

Those who contact us for assistance have many reasons. Often they seek a sense of what happened in the past and where they belong in the present."

Catriona Milne, Manager Uniting Heritage Service

The founding agencies of Uniting provided out-of home care and adoption services in Victoria. These include orphanages, children’s homes, family group homes and foster care providers that were run by the former Methodist, Presbyterian Churches, and the Uniting Church.

Uniting Vic.Tas continues to provide some of these services today.

The former Presbyterian and Methodist Services that later became Connections, organised adoptions.

How we can help

We hold records, photographs, historical material and other documents that date back to 1890, from Uniting founding agencies.

We can help you access these records, including information about your or your family member’s adoption or time in care and support you in the journey to better understand the past.

Accessing historical information and records
  • Accessing records held by Uniting
  • Assistance with requesting records held by other agencies and organisations
Ongoing support
  • Assistance searching for a family member or other significant people from the past 
  • Connecting people with health and social support services 
  • Organising reunions
Photographs and memorabilia.

We deeply regret that record keeping practices of the past have meant that many records were not retained, or if retained, are very scant. Photographs and memorabilia are important in giving people a clearer sense of their history, particularly where information is scarce. We have a collection of these which you can view. We are interested in hearing from people who may have kept photographs and other items from their time in care.

Get in touch

Accessing our service

If you would like to make an enquiry about yourself or that of a family member, please get in contact.

If you prefer to write to us in your own words, please send it to the below address:

Catriona Milne
Manager, Uniting Heritage Service
Locked Bag 8
A’Beckett Street PO
Melbourne VIC 8006

Call us on
0402 969 621