Link-Up Victoria is committed to reuniting Aboriginal people, with their families, communities and culture.
Every Aboriginal person has a story to tell. For many it is a half-finished story, with gaps and question marks. Link-Up Victoria we strive to answer clients’ questions about who they are, connect them to country and culture, find out what happened when they were adopted or removed and reunite them with their lost family members and community.
The Bringing Them Home Report on the National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (1997) outlined the devastating impact that child removal policies had on Aboriginal children and their families. It has been estimated that up to three in 10 Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families between 1910 and 1970.
VACCA’s Link up Program, was one of the earliest to be set up in Australia. The sheer numbers of Aboriginal children, who had been removed from their families, meant Aboriginal services were constantly being approached by individuals wanting to discover more about their identities.
To find out more about Link-Up Victoria, visit their website at www.linkupvictoria.org.au