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Forced Adoption Support Service Funding Extended

On 21 March 2013, the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices. Following this, the Australian Government committed $11.5 million (nationally) over four years to assist those affected by forced adoptions. This four-year period was due to end on 30 June 2017.

We are pleased to advise that our Forced Adoption Support Services (FASS) funding will be extended for another four years[1].

This means we can continue to provide this valuable service until mid-2021. The FASS service complements our state funded Post Adoption Support Services [2]. More information about both of these services can be found by visiting our website at

For more information about the Government’s response to forced adoption, please visit:

To view Prime Minister Gillard’s apology, please visit:

Photo of a part of South Australia’s Memorial for past forced adoption policies and practices. This Memorial is located along the River Torrens, near the Adelaide University footbridge.

[1] Forced Adoption Support Services is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

[2] Post Adoption Support Services is funded by the Department for Education and Child Development.