ACT Department of Community Services
The ACT Department of Community Services facilitates all adoptions in the ACT, both local and inter country. Contact the Adoptions and Permanent Care Unit for all enquiries. Contact details can be found here.
Barnardos Canberra's Children’s Family Centre specialises in providing care for children aged 0-18 years who are unable to return to their birth families. A caring family environment that is stable and supportive is provided for children who are separated from their families.Children can only be referred to Find-a-Family by ACT Care & Protection or the Department of Community Services. The Find-a-Family Program receives funding from the ACT Department of Community Services.
Information & Support
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Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) offers specialised post adoption counselling and support in NSW and the ACT, including help searching for relatives and a mediation service for people making contact and reuniting with family members.
Adoptive Families Association
Adoptive Families Association (AFA) of the ACT is a supportive community of adoptive parents and children providing friendship, information, advice and informal education on all aspects of adoption and adoptive parenting. The association is run by a small committee of volunteers who coordinate activities and resources. Member participation is always encouraged in organising, as well as attending, events. There are also some country-specific support groups who organise culturally specific events.
Adoption Mosaic (Canberra)
Adoption Mosaic Canberra is a support group open to anyone who is affected by adoption.
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