Former Children in UPA Care

Melrose Boys Home, Pendle Hill © UPA of NSW

Melrose Boys Home, Pendle Hill © UPA of NSW

The United Protestant Association of NSW (UPA) established 14 children’s homes between 1940 and the early 1980s, when these larger institutional homes were wound down and closed. From that time until the mid 1990’s we also managed a number of smaller Group Homes. Over those two periods, some homes were well managed and some were not.

We sought to be trusted by children, parents, and the State, but we freely acknowledge that in many of our homes we failed to provide the safe and nurturing environment that children need to thrive. Emotional, physical and sexual abuse did occur in those homes. We are ashamed of those failures and offer our sincere and deep apology for the harm caused.

Today, we seek to make amends by listening and believing, offering access to records, reporting to authorities, funding counselling services, making redress payments. We welcome contact from any person who once resided in a UPA children’s home. At the moment there are a number of cases currently or soon to be heard in the courts. We are pleased when we hear a “guilty” plea and welcome the prosecution process.

Whenever we receive an allegation of abuse we work with NSW Police to ensure that each person has the opportunity to be heard and information gathered. We are committed to ensuring privacy is protected and that care, support and services are readily available.

The Homes
Melrose Boys Home, Pendle Hill.
Sunnylands Boys Home, Wollongbar.
Adelaide Walker Home, Strathfield.
Woodlands Boys Home, Newcastle.
Rathgar Home, Grafton.
Rathmore Home, Grafton.
Ellimeek, East Maitland.
Ellimatta Girls Home, East Maitland.
Glen Eden, Glen Innes.
Buena Vista, Orange.
Gumleigh, Wagga Wagga.
Lillimur, Dubbo.
The Laurels, Kogarah.
Murrayvale Home, Albury.

Our Contact details at UPA are:
After Care Support: Graham Hercus Telephone 02 9482 4530 or email: graham.hercus@upa.org.au
General Manager: Steve Walkerden Telephone 02 9482 4530 or email: steve.walkerden@upa.org.au

Download Information:
If you know someone who was in care with UPA
If you were in care with UPA

Additionally, the following organisations provide a range of information and support services for care leavers:

Wattle Place – NSW Support Service for Forgotten Australians

Wattle Place – the NSW Support Service for Forgotten Australians, is operated by Relationships Australia. Centrally located at Harris Park in western Sydney, close to rail and bus transport links, Wattle Place provides counselling and a range of other support for people who are over the age of 25 and were in care in NSW between the 1920s and 1990s, regardless of where they now live. Wattle Place can provide you with advice and support on accessing records about your time in out-of-home care.

Wattle Place can be contacted on 1800 663 844 (freecall from a fixed line phone) or 02 9633 5395.

Find and Connect website

The national Find and Connect web resource has been established by the Commonwealth Government to provide information for people who were placed in out-of-home care in Australia and their families. The web resource contains historical information about past and present providers of out-of-home care, details of where records are held and how to access them, and links to resources for care leavers.

The Find and Connect web address is www.findandconnect.gov.au.

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)

CLAN is a national, not-for-profit advocacy organization for mature-aged care leavers based in Bankstown, NSW. Support services provided by CLAN to its members and other mature aged care leavers who have experienced institutional care include the provision of information, advocacy, telephone support, referrals and assistance with file reading. Other services provided by CLAN include a bi-monthly newsletter, library, museum and a website.

CLAN can be contacted on 1800 008 774 (freecall from a fixed line phone) or 02 9709 4520 or 0425 204 747, or at support@clan.org.au The website is www.clan.org.au.