The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) to undertake the Forced Adoptions Service Providers Scoping Study. The study will be conducted between August 2013 and February 2014.
The study is part of the Australian Government’s response to the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry regarding the Commonwealth’s contribution to former forced adoption policies and practices. These were announced by the then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, when she apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices on 21 March 2013.
The purpose of the scoping study is to develop options for service models that will enhance and complement the existing services to improve support for people affected by forced adoption policies and practices. The scoping study will:
- Map the current support available for people affected by forced adoptions;
- Determine how the system currently meets the needs of those affected;
- Identify any gaps in the service system; and
- Provide options for how to complement the existing services to improve the support available to those affected.
One of the key activities of the study will involve AIFS researchers organising a series of half-day workshop style consultations across the country with service providers.
The Relationships Australia (SA) Post Adoption Support Services team is hoping to participate in this study to help inform the ‘best way forward’ following the National Apology on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.
For more information, see the Letter of Introduction from FaHCSIA.