Lotus Place

The Department of Communities funds a number of community based support services specially targeting the needs of former residents. These support services are listed below and operate from Lotus Place in South Brisbane. 


*Note that these services are only for people who grew up in Queensland Homes or institutions. They are not available to Care Leavers now living in Queensland who were in care in other states of Australia.

Address:    18 Merivale Street, South Brisbane
                    PO Box 3449, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Phone:       1800 035 588 (toll-free within Australia)
                    (07) 3844 8804


The Aftercare Resource Centre (ARC)

Aftercare Resource Centre (ARC) is a program of Relationships Australia (Qld) and provides:

  • Face-to-face counselling at the ARC office at South Brisbane, Relationships Australia branch offices and approved private practitioners in Queensland and interstate;
  • Telephone counselling via a 1800 telephone number;
  • Limited financial assistance for education expenses or vocational training opportunities, medical and psychological reports, personal development programs, records searches, family reunification and victim impact statements.

Phone:      1800 501 560 (toll-free within Australia)
Email:         aftercare@relateqld.com.au
Website:    www.aftercareresourcecentre.org.au


Historical Abuse Network
HAN provides formal and informal peer support opportunities for people who were abuse in institutions, detention centres or foster care. The network aims to:

  • Maintain a voice and continue dialogue with the government and the churches
  • Share and disseminate information
  • Reconnect and provide opportunities for engagement
  • Participate in reconciliation events and children's homes reunions
  • Promote affirmative action and ensure recognition of the lifelong impact and disadvantage of institutional care.

Email:        han@merivale.org.au
Website:   www.han.merivale.org.au


Esther Centre
Esther Centre provides:

  • Support and advocacy for individual former residents and their families experiencing crisis
  • Advocacy and support for people going through processes of complaints of historic abuse through internal church protocols, professional bodies or organisations and criminal justice processes.

Email:        esther@merivale.org.au
Website:   www.esther.merivale.org.au


The Forde Foundation 
The Forde Foundation was established in 2000 as a charitable trust to assist former residents of children's institutions in Queensland and some foster care residents. Through the grants program, former residents are encouraged to create opportunities to rebuild their lives by accessing services or items which help with:

  • Family reunification
  • Education, training and personal development
  • Health and dental care
  • Other items or services to facilitate improve their quality of life.

Email:        forde@merivale.org.au
Website:    www.fordefoundation.org.au

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