- 1908-01-01 - 1966-12-31 (Creation)
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Following a change of permanent head, the Public Charities and Children's Department became one department, the State Children's Department in 1917, to reflect the greater emphasis placed on protection of juveniles.
In 1927 the Child Welfare Act replaced the State Children Act and the departmental name was changed accordingly. The Department continued to be responsible for the Perth Children's Court.
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In 1927 the State Children Act Amendment Act was passed changing the name of the principal Act and the State Children's Department to Child Welfare Act and Child Welfare Department respectively. Responsibility for the Child Welfare function remained with the Chief Secretary until 1931 when it was passed to the Minister for Mines.
In 1934 a separate portfolio was created for child welfare. The Child Welfare Department was abolished in 1972 and its functions passed to the newly created Department for Community Welfare.
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Adoption Indexes used by the Child Welfare Department (and preceeding agencies). They are an alphabetical listing of birth names of adopted children - and in some cases, adopting parents - who were registered by the Department. The indexes provide references to either a page number in the Department's adoption registers, or else to a Child Welfare file. The Department of Community Development also maintains a series of adoption cards which the indexes refer to.
The original Adoption Indexes remain in the custody of the Department for Child Protection, and access must be sought through that Department.