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About Us

Our way forward 

Adopt Change is an Australian-based not-for-profit organisation. 

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

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.



Our History

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 in Australia.

National Adoption Awareness Week 

Adopt Change 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. 

Early successes

The Commonwealth 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.