The search for family: A history of adoption in Australia

  • Quartly, Marian (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Cuthbert, Denise, (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Swain, Shurlee (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Description

This national history of adoption in Australia seeks to discover the distinctive ways in which adoption has reflected and shaped family ideals within Australian settler society; to influence the making of future policy and practice on adoption; to bring into history the stories of people whose lives have been changed by adoption, in order to acknowledge that experience and to read it against policy change; and to assess and explain the historical outcomes of adoption in Australia, an enterprise significant both for academic knowledge and the making of policy.
Effective start/end date5/01/0930/06/13


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD91,836.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD122,922.00
  • Monash University
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)