Here we provide a comprehensive list of available post adoption supports in Australia.
Adoptee-led Post Adoption Support
Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) (provides informal peer support for Vietnamese intercountry adoptees).
InterCountry Adoptee Voices ICAV (provides advocacy, search organisation recommendations, informal peer mentoring, peer support, comprehensive worldwide resources, social face to face events in each major State).
Korean Adoptees in Australia Network KAIAN (provides face to face social events, peer support and connection into the worldwide Korean adoptee network).
Viet Nam Family Search (provides search / reunification service for Vietnamese adoptees and families.
Nationwide Post Adoption Services
funded by Federal Government available and specific for all Australian based intercountry adoptees:
For free counselling, case management, therapeutic groups, small grants, education & training: contact Relationships Australia.
For answers to any questions relating to Intercountry adoption not in scope for psychologists or searching services, adoptees can contact the Federal Intercountry Adoption Australia hotline e.g. visa / passport questions, sending country contacts or queries, other adoption services in your state/territory.
See updated information for passport and citizenship process for Australian intercountry adoptees.
For Search & Reunification service (no longer free as Federal Government funding stopped as of June 2018), contact International Social Services (ISS) Australia.
State and Territory Services
funded by their State Governments:
Each department of adoption is a useful place to start if you are wanting a copy of your adoption records.
The funded post adoption service by state provides support for all adoptions (domestic and intercountry).
Department of Family and Community Services
Adoption Information Unit
The Benevolent Society
Post Adoption Resource Centre – PARC
Department of Children and Families
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
The Benevolent Society
Post Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ)
Department for Child Protection
Relationships Australia (SA)
Post Adoption Support Service (PASS)
Department for Health and Human Services
Adoption and Permanency Services
Department of Human Services
Adoption and Permanent Care
Department for Child Protection and Family Support
Post Adoption Services Fostering and Adoption Services