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The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service aims to find missing family members.

Our international reach and grassroots community emphasis often enables our team to reunite family members anywhere in the world. We also search for family members who have been separated through adoption and wardship.

How we can help

After receiving your application, we will:

  • Send you a detailed application form
  • Review the application form and proceed if there are no legal issues 
  • Coordinate with our staff around the world to search for, and hopefully locate, your missing family member.
  • After the search is complete, we will: 
  • Provide mediation and facilitate connection, reunion and/or reconciliation if your family member is located.
  • If the missing family member is not located, we will provide you with support and post-search care 

Service exclusions

We are not able to guarantee a time frame for searches, which can take a few days or a few years.

The service does not look for people who have only recently left home. On occasion, we help with urgent requests. For example, when family members are being sought because of terminal illness, accident or death.

Please note, we cannot:

  • Locate friends
  • Search for fathers without proof of paternity
  • Undertake searches, or search for, people under 18
  • Assist spouses for divorce purposes
  • Help with Legal matters or family tree research

Find out more about our pre-search requirements


All avenues of investigation are strictly confidential and no information will be revealed without the consent of the person being traced.

How to get started

Please complete the form below or call us.

Family Tracing Service (02) 9466 3479
Special Search Service (02) 9466 3478
1300 667 366
Family Tracing Service (07) 3222 6661
Post Adoption Service (07) 3222 6663
For all other states please visit

If you DO NOT live in Australia, please find your nearest Salvation Army Headquarters.

How can we help?

Please ensure you have read our pre-search requirements before submitting your enquiry.

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