Welcome to the Child Migrants Trust

The Child Migrants Trust was established in 1987 by Margaret Humphreys CBE, OAM; a Nottinghamshire Social Worker. It addresses the issues surrounding the deportation of children from Britain. In the post-war period, child migrants as young as three were shipped to Canada, New Zealand, the former Rhodesia and Australia, a practice that continued as late as 1970.

The Child Migrants Trust, a registered charity in both Australia and Britain, provides a range of social work services, including counselling and support  for family reunions. The Trust's offices in Nottingham, UK as well as Perth and Melbourne in Australia also offer information, advice and family research to former child migrants and their families.

Please take time to browse our website. It displays useful information and memorable photographs of former child migrants, as children and adults, to give you a window into our vital work.

Family Restoration Fund

For more details and application forms for the Family Restoration Fund, please click here


Funding and Support

Many individuals and families have given donations, both large and small, to maintain the Trust's services over the past two decades. At critical times, this support has been absolutely essential to the survival of the Trust.

We also acknowledge and thank the following organisations which have provided recent and past funding for the Trust's work:

British Government, Department of Health
Nottinghamshire County Council
Federal Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Australian Government Department of Social Services
State Government of Western Australia, Department for Child Protection
Victoria State Government, Department of Human Services
Lotterywest, Western Australia

Funding bodies

Make a Donation

If you would like to make a donation you can use the online facility by clicking on the image below, or by writing to us at an address shown on our contact page here

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Latest News

Fairbridge Anniversary, Vancouver Island, Canada 18/09/2015

Former U.K. Child Migrants meet today to mark the 80th Anniversary of the establishment of the Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School near Cowichan Station, Vancouver Island. Margaret Humphreys, International Director of the Child Migrants Trust, recently met in the U.S.A. with Roddy Mackay, President of the… read more