PCA Families Resources

PCA Families is committed to sourcing and sharing up-to-date relevant material. Below are fact sheets that PCA Families has researched and compiled in an easy to read format to assist you and your family.

PCA Families Fact Sheets

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The PCA Families Fact sheets include topics 


For legal answers for Permanent Care families 

Fact Sheet 3 - Contact Arrangements
Fact Sheet 6 - Other Legal Issues 


Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service

The Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service is a free, independent, nation-wide service, that provides post placement support to families formed by intercountry adoption, including expatriate adoptions, as well as support to couples and individuals engaged in the intercountry adoption process. Support is also provided to adult intercountry adoptees.

The service provides counselling support, education and information and support services to assist with a range of issues and challenges including:

 Practical and emotional support to prepare couples and individuals for the assessment process, as well as support post placement

  • Support in planning for and meeting your adopted child
  • Support in dealing with the impact of the process on you and your relationships
  • Help with managing the transition from a couple to parents
  • Support for you and your child in managing challenging behaviours (at any age)
  • Assistance and guidance in navigating supports and services for you and your child
  • Support and understanding for challenges during your child’s teenage years

The Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service is delivered by LifeWorks in partnership with International Social Service Australia and is funded by the Federal Department of Social Services. The service is available for free to people who fall into any of the following categories:

  • Couples, families or individuals who have placed an application for adoption with their state department and are going through the assessment process
  • Couples, families or individuals who have completed an intercountry adoption (post placement)
  • Couples, families or individuals who have adopted a child while living overseas and have returned to live in Australia with the child
  • Children, teenagers and adults who have been adopted from overseas

The Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service is provided free of charge, regardless of what support you require (information, relationship counselling, counselling for your child). 

Call 1300 543 396 or email icasupport@lifeworks.com.au to speak with the Intercountry Adoption Support Coordinator who will help identify what type of support you may want to access and refer you onto the appropriate Information and Support Worker or Counsellor in your local area or state.

To find out more information, visit http://www.lifeworks.com.au/icasupport.html 


PCA Families Journal Club

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Camps for children

There are many camps for your children to attend during school holidays. Children that attend camps are given an exciting week making great memories; memories that build their self-image, memories that allow them to smile, memories that give them hope that life is meant for living.  To view camp dates, please click here


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