Forced Adoption Policies and Practices – support for people affected by forced adoption

The organisations listed below are provided for the user's convenience. They do not constitute the department's endorsement of these services or any associated organisations or products.

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.
If appropriate, GPs can refer people affected by forced adoption practices to ATAPS professionals.

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia

Indigenous agencies

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


International Social Services provide 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 adoption was developed so that service providers assisting people affected by forced adoption have an understanding of the issues and an awareness of particular sensitivities.

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 or call the Find and Connect support service in your state or territory on 1800 161 109.

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