National Support Services
The Australian government guide to overseas adoption
Intercountry adoption is a formal process that occurs when an Australian citizen or permanent resident, who is residing in Australia, adopts a child from overseas through the authorities in his or her Australian state or territory. The principles and standards of the Hague Convention must also be met, regardless of whether or not the partner country has signed the Convention.
Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service
The Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service is a free, independent, nation-wide service that provides post-placement support to families formed by intercountry adoption, including expatriate adoptions, as well as support to couples and individuals engaged in the intercountry adoption process. Support is also provided to adult intercountry adoptees. The service provides free counselling support to all members of the family and information and support services to assist with a range of issues and challenges. The service is provided by LifeWorks in partnership with International Social Service.
International Social Service Australia
International Social Service (ISS) Australia provides social work and legal services to families, children and adults affected by adoption within Australia and across international borders.
Benevolent Society Post Adoption Support
The Benevolent Society has more than 20 years’ experience in post adoption support. They provide a range of resources for adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, siblings and partners. The Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) for NSW and ACT, and Post Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ) offer further support and information.
CREATE Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience. They provide programs and services to children and young people in care and develop policy and research to advocate for a better care system.
Find and Connect
History and information about Australian orphanages, children’s homes and other institutions
Salvation Army Family Tracing Service – Post Adoption
Provides assistance to people seeking to trace and be reunited with relatives, including people separated by adoption.
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