Our way forward
Adopt Change is an Australian-based not-for-profit organisation.
Every child deserves a family, and we embrace adoption as a positive way of forming a permanent loving family.
We support capacity building of families to ensure that vulnerable children are able to remain within their birth family where possible. When that is not possible or safe, adoption must be a legitimate option when considering permanency for vulnerable children.
To raise community awareness, encourage reform and empower all Australians to ensure all children have a permanent loving family.
What We Do
- Advocate for legislative and policy reform at a State and Federal level.
- Raise awareness of the risks faced by vulnerable children and issues surrounding adoption
- Conduct research to contribute to the understanding of adoption and permanency within Australia
How We Help
- Provide resources to assist people seeking to adopt and throughout all stages of the adoption process
- Support families involved in domestic as well as intercountry adoption
Find out more about How We Help.
Adopt Change was founded in 2008 by a small group of
volunteers, headed up by Founder Deborra-lee Furness, in response to the
challenges faced by families and children navigating complex adoption processes
National Adoption Awareness Week
began as National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW) with the aim of shining
a light upon the critical issues and systemic challenges facing vulnerable
children in Australia.
Government of Australia's commitment to adoption reform in December 2013
represented a significant achievement in the advocacy of NAAW and the
Australian adoption community for more ethical and supportive adoption
processes in Australia.
Adopt Change is formed
In 2014, NAAW
officially re-emerged as Adopt Change to allow year-round campaigning. National Adoption Awareness Week continues as
our major annual awareness-raising event.
Today, under the
leadership of CEO, Renee Carter, Adopt Change works with Australian state and
federal governments, the adoption sector and the community in order to achieve
the common goal of ensuring that every child has the opportunity to grow up in
a permanent, loving family.