We provide support services for those whose lives are affected by adoption.
Forced Adoption Apology
- National Apology for Forced Adoptions – 21 March 2013 (Transcript)
- South Australian Apology for Forced Adoptions – 18 July 2012 (Transcript)
How we can help
Post Adoption Support Services (PASS) can provide counselling, information and support, assistance with family search and reunion, and links to other supports and networks. Search support is also available for intercountry adoptees and families.
We offer a range of support groups, and information and educational sessions on adoption related topics. Our experienced staff are respectful of people’s differing choices and opinions, and we acknowledge and value the diverse experiences of those affected by adoption.
- Information for people who have been adopted
- Information for mothers and fathers who have lost a child to adoption
- Information for adoptive parents
We also run seminars throughout the year addressing a broad range of adoption related topics.
Report of the Review of the South Australian Adoption Act 1988 – Review Recommendations
During 2014-15, the South Australian Adoption Act 1988 and Adoption Regulations 2004 were reviewed by independent reviewer, Associate Professor Lorna Hallahan, and many of you participated in this review process. The Review report is now available from the DECD website which you can find here: http://www.families.sa.gov.au/pages/adoption/adoptionactchanges/
If you have any have concerns or feel distressed with any of the Recommendations proposed, please contact us here at Post Adoption Support Services on (08) 8245 8100 or the Forced Adoption Support Services on 1800 21 03 13. At this stage the Government has not responded to the proposed recommendations, and we will keep you informed as to when this occurs.
Tell Your Story
Stories of adoption experiences in Australia can be very difficult to find online, especially those from the forced adoption era. The invisibility of Australian adoption experiences can be upsetting to those searching for stories of a shared experience, and leave them feeling more isolated and alone. Relationships Australia South Australia’s Forced Adoption Support Services (FASS) will be producing an online video series about living with the effects of past adoption practices.
These vignettes will cover themes such as:
• Grief and loss
• Identity and belonging
• Family complexities
• Search and reunion
• Secrets and silences
If you are someone who has lost a child to adoption, or you are and adopted person/adoptee and would like to share your story, we would love to hear from you. Your participation can range from telling your story on camera to sharing your experience in an anonymous, non-identifiable way.
We will be holding a short information session for this video project in April 2016. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Nikki Hartmann, Manager Forced Adoption and Post Adoption Support Services, on 8245 8100.
There is no cost to for direct client service. Fees will apply for some activities when using external specialists and for our Professional Development Training.
Post Adoption Support Services are provided by Relationships Australia (SA) and funded by the Government of South Australia, Department for Education and Child Development.