Local support

Your state or territory government is the main provider of adoption support and advice and the relevant office listed below should be your main point of contact.

Australian Capital Territory

Adoptions and Permanent Care Unit
ACT Community Services
Phone: 02 6207 1466
Fax: 02 6205 5684
Email: adoptions@act.gov.au

New South Wales

Intercountry Adoption Program
Department of Family and Community Services
Phone: 02 9716 3000
Fax: 02 9716 3001
Email: IntercountryAdoption@facs.nsw.gov.au

Adoption Information Unit (Post Adoption)
Department of Family and Community Services
Phone: 1300 799 023 (within NSW & ACT)
02 9716 3005 from other states
+61 2 9716 3005 from overseas
Email: Adoption.Information@facs.nsw.gov.au

Northern Territory

Adoption Unit
Department of Children and Families
Phone: 08 8922 7460
Fax: 08 8945 4524
Email: adoptions.ths@nt.gov.au

Queensland

Adoptions Services
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
Phone: 07 3224 7415
Free call: 1800 647 983 (Queensland only)
Fax: 07 3006 4065
Email: ads@communities.qld.gov.au

South Australia

Adoption and Family Information Service
Department for Education and Child Development
Phone: 08 8463 3666
Fax: 08 8463 6188
Email: adoptions@sa.gov.au

Tasmania

Adoption and Permanency Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: 03 6166 0422
Email: adoption.service@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Victoria

Intercountry Adoption Service
Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: 03 8608 5700 or 1300 769 926 (Victoria only)
Fax: 03 8608 5770
Email: iav@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Family Information Networks & Discovery (FIND)
Department of Human Services
Website: Adoption Records and Care Leaver Records support
Phone: 03 8608 5700 or 1300 769 926 (Victoria only)
Fax: 03 8608 5760
Email: findduty@dhs.vic.gov.au

Western Australia

Post Adoption Services Fostering and Adoption Services
Department for Child Protection and Family Support
Phone: 08 9286 5200
Free call: 1800 182 178 (WA only)
Fax: 08 9259 3438
Email: adoptions@cpfs.wa.gov.au

Non-government support

There are numerous privately or personally operated organisations that support adoptees and people who have adopted from overseas. Many of these organisations were established by people who have themselves been through the process of intercountry adoption. The support provided by these organsation can, and often does, include:

  • individual counselling
  • family therapy
  • group counselling
  • telephone counselling
  • mediation
  • mentoring
  • cultural support

Contact details for non-government post-adoption services are included with their permission. If your organisation would like its contact details listed, contact us.

Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI)

PO BOX 337
Mona Vale NSW 2103
Email: adoptedvietnamese@hotmail.com
Website: Adopted Vietnamese International

Adoption Jigsaw

176 Fitzgerald St
Perth WA 6000
Phone: 08 9328 4000
Email: jigsaw@jigsaw.org.au
Website: Adoption Jigsaw

Adoption Research and Counselling Service Inc (ARCS)

301 Railway Parade
Maylands WA 6051
Phone: 08 9370 4914
Email: arcs@adoptionwa.org.au
Website: Adoption Research and Counselling Service

Adoption Support for Families and Children

PO BOX 122
Subiaco WA 6904
Email: infoasfc@yahoo.com.au
Website: Adoption Support for Families and Children
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASFCInc/

Adoptive Families Association (ACT)

Website: Adoptive Families Association of the ACT

ASIAC

Email: president@asiac.org.au
Website: ASIAC

Australian African Children’s Aid Support Association (AACASA)

PO Box 1319 Milton Centre
Milton QLD 4064
Email: president@aacasa.org.au
Website: Australian African Children’s Aid Support Association

Australian Families for Children

PO Box 7420
Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Email: info@australiansadopt.org
Website: Australian Families for Children

Australian Intercountry Adoption Network

PO Box 7420
Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Email: info@aican.org
Website: Australian Intercountry Adoption Network

Australians Caring for Children

PO Box 7420
Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Email: info@accau.org
Website: Australians Caring for Children

AusThai

Members only website: AusThai

Families with Children from China – Australia (FCC-Australia)

PO Box 13143
Law Courts VIC 8010
Email: info@fccaustralia.com.au
Website: Families with Children from China

Intercountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV)

Website: Intercountry Adoptee Voices

International Adoptee Community (IAC)

Website: International Adoptee Community

International Adoptive Families of Queensland Inc

Website: International Adoptive Families of Queensland

International Social Service (ISS) Australia

Level 2, 313-315 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9614 8755
Email: iss@iss.org.au
Website: International Social Service Australia

Jigsaw Queensland

PO Box 912
New Farm QLD 4005
Phone: 07 3358 6666
Email: support@jigsawqld.org.au
Website: Jigsaw Queensland

Korean Adoptive Families – Han Ho Inc (Vic)

Email: president@kaf.org.au
Website: Korean Adoptive Families

Permanent Care and Adoptive Families (PCA Families)

Level 5, 50 Market Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9020 1833
Email: info@pcafamilies.org.au
Website: Permanent Care and Adoptive Families

Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC)

The Benevolent Society
Suite 253, Level 5, 7-11 The Avenue
Hurstville NSW 1481
Phone: 02 9504 6788
Email: parc@benevolent.org.au
Website: Post Adoption Support page

Post Adoption Support Service

Relationships Australia SA
49a Orsmond Street
Hindmarsh SA 5007
Phone: 08 8245 8100
Email: passinfo@rasa.org.au
Website: Post Adoption Support Services

South Australian Chinese Adoption Support (SACAS)

41 Kildonan Avenue
Para Vista SA 5093
Website: South Australian Chinese Adoption Support

Special Needs Adoption Australia (SNAA)

Email: specialneedsadoptionaustralia-owner@yahoogroups.com
Members only website: Special Needs Adoption Australia
Facebook: Special Needs Adoption Australia (SNAA)

The Curry Club – A Network for Prospective and Adoptive Fathers of Children Born Overseas

Email: thecurryclub@y7mail.com
Website: The Curry Club

Vanish Inc

PO Box 112
Carlton South VIC 3053
Phone: 03 9328 8611
Toll Free: 1300 Vanish (1300 826 474)
Email: info@vanish.org.au Website: Vanish

World Families Australia Inc

PO Box 11
Hope Valley SA 5088
Phone: 08 8261 0008
Email: worldfamilies@bigpond.com
Website: World Families Australia Inc