Adoption Support

Please note: if you are seeking assistance in birth family member tracing, counselling or other professional assistance, please contact the Post Adoption Support Service (PASS) http://www.rasa.org.au/services/couples-families/post-adoption-support-services/ on 8245 8100.  This service is fully funded by the Government of South Australia and therefore provides free supports and services to adopted people (children, teens and adults), and birth family and adoptive family members.

Support for the intercountry adoption community can occur in the following ways:

International Social Services

International Social Service (ISS) Australia is an independent, national not-for-profit organisation  that provides two Intercountry Adoption Services for intercountry adoptees and adoptive parents, including those adopted through expatriate adoptions.

1.       Intercountry Adoption Tracing and Reunification Service, which includes:

  • information, support and counselling to intercountry adoptees and adoptive parents regarding their decision to trace birth family 
  • tracing birth family overseas through the resources of the ISS network and other relevant agencies in the adoptee’s country   of origin
  • counselling and support to intercountry adoptees, adoptive parents and birth families as they begin and progress through the complex reunification process

2.   Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service, which includes:

  • counselling (delivered by lead partner LifeWorks)
  • information and support services, such as advice, support, education, emotional and practical support with adoption  issues and challenges.  

This service is provided free Australia-wide (funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services).

These services are provided by qualified professionals skilled in understanding complex intercountry adoption issues.

Call 1300 657 843 or email ica@iss.org.au for more information, or see www.iss.org.au

Social Functions Coordination

  • A WFA member provides coffee mornings held on the first Wednesday of each month at a member's home. They provide a great opportunity for parents to have a chat and support one another.
  • Arrange two family picnics each year, usually around May and November

Membership

  • A significant number of supporters choose to become members of World Families Australia without necessarily becoming donors.  Generally these are people who have a connection with adoptions and by virtue of the $40 membership fee are able to receive the quarterly Adoption Australia magazine.  This membership also provides access to the quarterly magazine "Impact" that World Families Australia produces in regard to projects conducted in its name.

Details

World Families Australia Adoption Support Committee
Vicki Hyde
c/- WFA Office
Ph: 08 82587909
Email: worldfamilies@bigpond.com