State contacts and support

Every child who comes into a family through adoption is on a unique and sometimes difficult journey. Similarly, the families who provide loving homes for these children can experience periods of adjustment as they get to know their child and their child gets to know their new family. Sometimes this can even lead to a potential breakdown in the family.

If your family is experiencing these issues, you do not have to face them alone. It is important to know that there is support available to help your family through.

This support can help your family overcome any unique challenges you experience, or deal with thoughts and issues you may find hard to share or difficult to understand.

Available support can, and often does, include:

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

If you require help urgently, please phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or go to the Lifeline website. If your life is in danger, phone 000.

For local support, the central authority in your state or territory is the main provider of post-adoption support and advice.

There are numerous privately or personally operated organisations that support people who have adopted from overseas. Many of these organisations were established by people who have themselves been through the process of intercountry adoption. To view a list of these organisations, visit Local support.