18 George Street, Redfern NSW 2016
The Aboriginal Children’s Service (ACS) was established in 1975. It previously was a State-wide community-based organisation which provided out of home care/foster care services for Aboriginal children. It was ACS’s representation over the years that resulted in Aboriginal placement principles being incorporated into the “Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection Act 1998)’’. Due to funding cuts the ACS offices in Wagga Wagga, Mount Druitt and Cowra were closed.
The Aboriginal Children’s Service is one of the remaining original organisations started up within the Aboriginal community movement in Redfern in the 70s. The legacy and commitment of this cornerstone Aboriginal community-based organisation is a testament to the many incredible Aboriginal trailblazers. ACS was then and still is now strongly committed to addressing Aboriginal disadvantage and changing the cycles of government policy on the inter-generations of Aboriginal families, children, people and communities.
The Redfern premises has been used over the years for various programs, currently a food drive supported by volunteers and OzHarvest once a week. Volunteers include ACS committee members, Kamabala students and local community members. This food drive has been supports local community members experiencing poverty/hardship for over 10 years.