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 Details

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): A$91,836.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$122,922.00
  • Monash University
  • Australian Catholic University