The Department of Social Services (DSS) is funding the delivery of forced adoption support services to people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices across Australia.

These services are designed to facilitate access to peer support and advocacy groups, post-adoption support services (including counselling or other mental health services), search and contact services and adoption information services.

Forced adoption support services in each respective state and territory are detailed in the table below and each service can be contacted by calling 1800 21 03 13. 

State

Organisation

Locations

Contact number

NSW and ACT

Relationships Australia
(NSW)

Sydney, NSW with state/territory-wide
phone service

1800 21 03 13

NT

Relationships Australia,
Northern Territory Inc

Darwin, NT with state-wide
phone service

1800 21 03 13

QLD

Jigsaw Queensland Inc

Brisbane, QLD with state-wide
phone service

1800 21 03 13

SA

Relationships Australia
(SA) Inc

Adelaide, SA with state-wide
phone service

1800 21 03 13

TAS

Relationships Australia
Tasmania Incorporated

Hobart, TAS with state-wide
phone service

1800 21 03 13

VIC

Relationships Australia
(Victoria) Inc

Melbourne, VIC with
state-wide phone service

1800 21 03 13

WA

Relationships Australia
(Western Australia) Inc

Perth, WA with state-wide
phone service

1800 21 03 13

 

There is a range of government and non-government organisations across Australia, which are available to deliver assistance, support and advocacy to people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices. Details of adoption-specific services as well as mainstream health/mental health and social services within each State and Territory are outlined below.

National support services

Organisation

Service type

Contact details

Lifeline

Crisis support

13 11 14

beyondblue

Mental health support, information and advocacy

1300 224 636

 

Mensline

Support and information

1300 789 978

Relationships Australia

Relationship support service

1300 364 277

General Practitioners (GPs)

The Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative provides access to a range of Medicare rebatable mental health and treatment services for eligible people with an assessed mental disorder.

Speak to your GP about access to Better Access services or contact Medicare Australia on
13 2011.

Primary Health Networks (PHNs)

Information about accessing Commonwealth Government funded health, and mental health, services

www.health.gov.au Search for PHN Map Locator or speak to your GP.

Australian Capital Territory support services

Organisation

Service type

Contact details

Adoption Information Service, Office for Children, Youth and Family Support

Adoption information service

www.dhcs.act.gov.au

02 6207 1335

Adoption Mosaic

Peer-support group

02 6291 9908

Canberra Independent Adoption Support Group

Peer-support group

02 6258 4420

ACT Adoptions and Permanent Care Unit

Adoption information service

02 6207 1335

adoptions@act.gov.au

New South Wales support services

Organisation

Service type

Contact details

Adoption Information Unit, Department of Families and Community Services

Adoption information service

1300 799 023
(local call from within NSW and ACT)

02 9716 3005
(from other states)

Origins Australia (Forced Adoption Support Network)

Peer-support group

02 9725 7723

Post Adoption Resource Centre (NSW) – Benevolent Society

Post-adoption support service

02 9504 6788

Salvation Army – NSW Special Search Service Tracing Services

Search and contact service

02 9211 6491 and
1300 667 366

The Apology Alliance

Peer-support group

www.apologyalliance.com

Northern Territory support services

Organisation

Service type

Contact details

Adoption Jigsaw

Counselling, search contact and mediation service

08 9384 0222

Adoption Unit, Department of Children and Families

Adoption information service

08 8922 5519

Queensland support services

Organisation

Service type

Contact details

Adoption and Specialist Support Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Adoption information service

07 3224 7415 or
1800 647 983 (Queensland only)

ads@communities.qld.gov.au

Adoption Loss Adult Support Group (ALAS) Australia Inc.

Peer-support group

alasqld@alasqld.com

Jigsaw Queensland Post Adoption Resource Centre

Peer-support group

07 3358 6666

Origins Queensland

Peer-support group

0403 169 509

Post Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ) – Benevolent Society

Post-adoption support service

1300 914 819 or
07 3170 4600

North Queensland Combined Women's Services Inc.(The Women’s Centre)

Community service hub (specialising in women’s health and welfare)

07 4775 7555

South Australian support services

Organisation

Service type

Contact details

Adoption and Family Information Service (AFIS), Department for Education and Child Development

Adoption information service

08 8207 0060

Identity Rites

Peer-support and advocacy group

www.identityrites.org

Tasmanian support services

Organisation

Service type

Contact details

Adoptions and Permanency Services, Department of Health and Human Services

Adoption information service

03 6166 0422 or
1300 135 513

Adoption Information Services, Department of Health and Human Services

Adoption information service, search and contact services

03 6233 2273

Centacare Family Services

Not-for-profit providing adoption-related services

03 6278 1660

Connections UnitingCare

Not-for-profit providing adoption-related services

03 6244 1144

Victorian support services

Organisation

Service type

Contact details

Adoptive Families Association of Victoria

Peer-support group

0408 882 334

afav@vicnet.net.au

Anglicare Victoria

Crisis support

1800 809 722

Association of Relinquishing Mothers (ARMS)

Peer-support group

03 9769 0232

Catholic Care (Adoption and Permanent Care Teams)

Not-for-profit providing adoption-related services

03 9689 3888

Family Information Networks and Discovery (FIND), Department of Human Services

Adoption information service

03 8608 5700 or
1300 769 926
(local call cost) or
1800 130 225
(national free call)

Independent Regional Mothers Group of Victoria

Peer support group and advocacy

03 5144 7638

Origins Victoria Inc

Peer support group

03 9812 215

Uniting Care Connections (Adoption and Permanent Care Program)

Counselling for relinquishing parents, permanent care placements

03 9521 5666

Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help (VANISH)

Post-adoption support service

1300 826 474

Western Australian support services

Organisation 

Service type

Contact details

Adoption Jigsaw WA

Adoption support service

08 9384 0222

Adoption Research and Counselling Service (ARCS)

Adoption support service

08 9370 4914

Adoption Support for Families & Children Inc (ASFC)

Adoption support service

08 9489 4008

infoasfc@yahoo.com.au

Association Representing Mothers Separated from their Children by Adoption Inc (ARMS)

Peer-support group

08 9312 1999

Fostering and Adoption Services, Department for Child Protection and Family Support

Information and support regarding fostering

08 9286 5200 or
1800 182 178
(free call)

Post Adoption and Information Services, Department for Child Protection and Family Support

Adoption information service

08 9286 5200

1800 182 178
(free call)