People have asked why we have called our organisation Care Leavers Australasia Network. Although not everybody can identify with the term 'Care Leaver', it does describe what we are: people who grew up in what was called 'care', outside of our families, but who now have left that 'care'.
It is difficult to think of another term that would include all of us: state wards, foster children, Home children, and sometimes we were all three.
When we began, we had just heard about the British group which formed in September 2000 with their first meeting in Manchester, England. They call themselves The Care Leavers' Association UK.
We decided that we would like to be linked with this group because their issues are the same as ours, and the feelings and the memories are the same. We are united worldwide by our past. We wrote to CLA in the UK and asked if we could use a similar name to theirs, and they were pleased that we wanted to.
CLA (UK) can be contacted at:
Tel 0161 953 4047