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 is 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
- Information for teachers
Our Outreach Process for Local Adoption is here.
We also run seminars throughout the year addressing a broad range of adoption-related topics.
File Releases for South Australian Adoptions
The Department for Child Protection has made some changes in regards to applying for adoption information for adoptions that took place in South Australia. All adoption information applications and requests will now go through the Freedom of Information unit, Department for Child Protection.
From their website:
‘The Guideline, Provision of adoption information and the exercise of the Chief Executive’s discretion under section 27(5) of the Adoption Act 1988 has now been approved and published on the Department for Child Protection’s website at the following address https://www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/adoption/applying-adoption-information
This web page will be updated regularly with new information as it is approved’.
Review of the Adoption Act 1988 – Review Recommendations
During 2014-15, the South Australian Adoption Act 1988 and Adoption Regulations 2004 were reviewed byan independent reviewer, Associate Professor Lorna Hallahan. The Review report is available from the DECD website which you can find here.
Some people may have concerns or feel distressed with some of the proposed recommendations. For support about how these recommendations may affect you, please contact our Post Adoption Support Services on (08) 8245 8100 or the Forced Adoption Support Services on 1800 21 03 13.
Training for Health Professionals
Our Post Adoption and Forced Adoption Support Services provide a range of support options to individuals and families who are affected by adoption. The Australian Psychological Society, with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, has developed a national online training program designed to support health professionals working in mainstream services to deliver their services in an appropriate and sensitive manner to people who have been affected by forced adoption policies and practices in Australia. The training is free for all health and community professionals including counsellors, therapists, general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, mental health nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. For more information, visit https://www.psychology.org.au/forced-adoption/.
Once you have completed this training and would like to go on our preferred provider list for referrals from our service, please contact Nikki Hartmann, Manager PASS and FASS on (08) 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.