Providing education and support to deliver better outcomes for children and families in permanent care and adoption

Intercountry adoptive support groups

China, FCC
Families with Children from China
PO Box 13143, Law Courts VIC 8101
Chatsite: (members only)
Contact: Dianne Di Blasi; Email: 

Ethiopia, AACASA
Australian African Children's Aid and Support Association
State Representatives: Lisa and David Morey; Email:  

India and Phillipines, ICARN
Intercountry Adoption Parent Support Groups Victoria Intercountry Adoption Resource Network (Australia)
PO Box 12238 A'Beckett Street Melbourne VIC 8006
Contact: Natalie Johnson, Mob: 0419344265, Email:  
To become a member visit

Korea, KAF
Korean Adoptive Families - Han Ho
Contact President: Richard Rose, Email:

Thai Parent Support Group
Contact: Jenny Osburn and John Van Haandel;Tel: 0418 329 299

ASIAC; Australian Society for Intercountry Aid (Children) of Victoria
Contact: Glenys Chandler
PO Box 189 Glen Waverley VIC 3150
Tel: (03) 9808 6613, Mob: 0425 825 725


Adoption and permanent care support organisations

Post Adoption Services is a list of National Post-Adoption Services 

Attorney General Department is a National Intercountry Adoption Advisory Group.  The National Intercountry Adoption Advisory Group advises the Australian Government on intercountry adoption issues, and acts as a conduit between government and the intercountry adoption community in Australia.  The membership of the group reflects the diverse nature of the intercountry adoption community. Members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and provide valuable and constructive viewpoints on issues relevant to intercountry adoption policy and management.

Special Needs Adoption Australia is a support group for adoptive families with special needs children from all countries

VANISH is funded by the Victorian State Government through the Department of Human Services with members in all parts of Australia. Services (support and searching for family members services) are currently available to those who have a personal experience of separation from family of origin:

  • People affected by adoption - adopted people, birth parents, birth relatives, adult children of adopted people and adoptive parents
  • People affected by donor conception
  • Forgotten Australians - former wards of state and/or those who were voluntarily placed in institutions or foster care in Victoria

Victorian Adoptee Network (VAN); Contact:

Australian Adult Adoptees Network has been set up to provide an on-line community for Australian Adoptees

International Adoptee Community (IAC) has been founded by adoptees who wish to provide friendship, information and support to fellow adoptees that have experienced an inter-country or cross-cultural upbringing through adoption both internationally and locally.

International Social Service (ISS) Australia provides social work and legal services to families, children and single adults across international borders. Our intercountry services include family tracing and reunification, international family mediation, kinship care and other child welfare matters, and support and legal assistance for families experiencing international parental child abduction.

The Adoption and Permanent Care Association of NSW Inc (APA) is formed and run by parents who have formed their families through adoption and permanent care.
They offer support and recommendations for couples and families involved in the NSW local adoption and permanent care programs.

Western Australia -  Adoption Research and Counselling Service ARCS  provides professional counselling, support and information to anyone dealing with the challenges and opportunities adoption, pre-adoption, step and blended families, foster families and families created through assisted reproductive technologies.

New South Wales - Post Adoption Resource Centre is a service of the Benevolent Society that provides information, counselling and a range of other services to anyone affected by adoption throughout New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).   


Support organisations 

Mirabel Foundation assists children 0-17, who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parents' illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family or friends (kinship care). Mirabel provides advocacy, referrals and support to the children and their carers.

CREATE Foundation is the peak body for children and young people in care, providing support, information, advocacy, activities and opportunities.

MyTime Playgroups provide peer support for parents, grandparents and others caring for children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition.

Carers Victoria represents and provides support for family carers in Victoria.

My Child provides Information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. This site also has links to other useful websites about children's health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services.

Foster Care Association Victoria (FCAV) provides information, support and advocacy to carers that ensure they can offer children and young people in their care a healing environment which assists the child or
young person to reach their full potential.

The Melbourne Family Relationship Centre (FRC) provides information and advice for all families and works to help strengthen family relationships. We provide families experiencing separation with information, advice and dispute resolution services to help them to reach an agreement on parenting arrangements for children.  


International organisations

British Association for Adoption and Fostering BAAF supports, advises and campaigns for better outcomes for children in care. The organisation works with everyone involved with adoption and fostering across the UK. It has regional and country offices in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We thoroughly recommend the excellent books published by BAAF.

Center For Family Connections (USA) (CFFC) is an educational and clinical resource centre that specializes in the developmental, structural, and systemic issues related to adoption, foster care, kinship care and guardianship by offering training, education, advocacy, and clinical treatment.

The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) is a private, non-profit adoptive family support center. Its programs focus on helping children from a variety of foster care and adoptive backgrounds to receive understanding and support which will enable them to grow into successful, productive adults. C.A.S.E. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and education to everyone in the adoption community.

Adoption UK  Giving help and support to adoptive families parenting traumatised children is at the heart of all of Adoption UK’s work. Through a Helpline, Online Community, giving access to information, and helping you build links with other adoptive families, both in your area and elsewhere in the UK, we have a comprehensive range of support services to offer our adoptive parents.



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