Support services for people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices

Forced Adoption Support Services

To contact a Forced Adoption Support Service in your state or territory, call 1800 21 03 13

Providers of support services funded by the Australian Government

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is funding seven organisations to provide coordinated specialist support services across Australia for people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices. The funded organisations are listed in the table below.

NSW and ACT Relationships Australia
Sydney, NSW with state/territory-wide
phone service
NT Relationships Australia,
Northern Territory Inc
Darwin, NT with territory-wide
phone service
QLD Jigsaw Queensland Inc Brisbane, QLD with state-wide
phone service
SA Relationships Australia
(SA) Inc
Adelaide, SA with state-wide
phone service
TAS Relationships Australia
Tasmania Incorporated
Hobart, TAS with state-wide
phone service
VIC Relationships Australia
(Victoria) Inc
Ballarat, VIC with
state-wide phone service
WA Relationships Australia
(Western Australia) Inc
Perth, WA with state-wide
phone service

These organisations will deliver specialist support to people affected by forced adoptions through:

  • A national telephone support service on 1800 21 03 13 (which represents the date of the National Apology to those affected by forced adoptions)
  • Case coordination in person, where possible
  • Advice and support on issues relating to forced adoption
  • Assistance with records tracing
  • Support for raising awareness of the effects of forced adoptions on all those affected
  • Developing local networks of relevant services, where they exist and where appropriate/possible
  • Administering small grants to build capacity and enhance support for people affected by forced adoptions, where appropriate/possible.

The services will complement existing supports provided by the state and territory governments.

You can search the DSS Grants Service Directory for details of Forced Adoption Support Services by location. The directory is updated weekly, and includes information for new services as grants and funding commences.

Additional support services

The organisations listed below are provided for information only. It is up to each individual to identify the services that are most appropriate to their needs.

General counselling

Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)

ATAPS provides access to effective low-cost treatment for those with mild to moderate mental disorders that can respond well to focussed psychological strategies.
Speak to your doctor about access to ATAPS professionals.

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia

Indigenous agencies

Link-Up Services help Indigenous Australians separated from their families. National contacts are available through the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website or by calling 1800 624 332

Find and Connect

The Australian Government has set up a national network of Find and Connect support services to help improve the lives of Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. More than 500,000 children who grew up in orphanages, foster care, children’s homes or other institutions in Australia last century are sometimes known as Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

To find out more visit the Find and Connect web resource or call the Find and Connect support service in your state or territory on 1800 16 11 09.


International Social Service Australia provides a post-adoption and general family tracing and reunification service, for those who wish to locate an immediate family member who is thought to be in another country – 1300 657 843

Fact Sheet

This fact sheet - Supporting people affected by forced adoptions - was developed so that service providers assisting people affected by forced adoption have an understanding of the issues and an awareness of particular sensitivities.

More Information

Forced Adoption Practices

Forced Adoptions Implementation Working Group

Forced Adoptions Implementation Working Group Documents

Supporting people affected by forced adoption – fact sheet

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