‘Providing children with permanent families; Supporting the lifetime journey of adoption’
Adoption in the ACT operates under the legislative frame work provided by the ACT Adoption Act 1993
The 1993 Adoption Act is currently under review, the discussion paper A Better System for Children without parents to care for them [PDF 217KB] [RTF 2.12MB], was published for consultation in 2006. The public consultation process concluded with the publication of the Report on key findings from the Review of the Adoption Act 1993.
The ACT Adoptions and Permanent Care Unit provides a range of services for children and families involved with adoption and permanent care, these include
- Information sessions and training seminars for prospective adoptive parents considering Local Adoption [PDF 469KB] [RTF 163KB], and Intercountry Adoption [PDF 481KB] [RTF 163KB], and for prospective permanent carers.
- Processing all adoption and permanent care applications and arranging assessments.
- Counselling and support for parents Considering a Plan of Adoption [PDF 459KB] [RTF 163KB]
- Out of home care adoption and Step-parent adoption Stepchildren and Adoption [PDF 182KB] [RTF 182KB]
- Enduring Parental Responsibility (attachment) assessments for children and their permanent carers [PDF 24KB] [RTF 28KB]
- Post Order support.
- ACT Adoption Information and Support [PDF 477KB] [RTF 167KB], Counselling and Mediation for birth families, adoptees and adoptive families.
National Apology to People Affected by Past Forced Adoptions
On 21 March 2013, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard , will deliver a national apology, on behalf of the Australian Government, to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.
For more information www.ag.gov.au/About/ForcedAdoptionsApology/Pages/default.aspx
For information about the ACT Government’s apology and local support please go to http://www.dhcs.act.gov.au/ocyfs/services/adoptions
Apology to People Affected by Past Forced Adoption Practices
The ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher presented a formal apology to people who have been affected by past forced adoption practices in Australia from the late 1940s through to the 1980s on the 14th August 2012 at the ACT Legislative Assembly in Canberra.
The following documents provide information and contact details of organisations that may assist people.
- Assistance, support and advocacy contacts [PDF 44KB] [Word 119KB]
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) [PDF 112KB] [Word 36KB]
- Report of the Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee’s Inquiry into Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices
For information and support contact the Family Information Service in the Community Services Directorate on 6207 1335.
For counselling support contact Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277.
For free and confidential 24 hour telephone counselling for people under stress or in crisis, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14
The Adoption and Permanent Care Unit has a number of specific functions in relation to Australia's obligations for international adoptions under the Hague Convention
The Australian Government Attorney-General's Department, as the Australian Central Authority under the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, is responsible for ensuring that Australia, as a whole, meets its obligations under the Convention.
A primary recommendation of the Overseas Adoption in Australia Report was that the Commonwealth, through the Attorney-General’s Department, take on primary responsibility for the establishment and management of Australia’s intercountry adoption program.
The Attorney-General’s Department has now taken on responsibility for Australia’s existing intercountry adoption programs and works closely with the ACT.
Information about Overseas adoption can be found on the Attorney-General’s website
Useful information about ACT Adoption and Permanent Care
ACT Adoption and Information Services [PDF 477KB] [RTF 166KB]
Intercountry Adoption Brochure [PDF 481KB] [RTF 163KB]
Stepchildren and Adoption Brochure [PDF 182KB] [RTF 182KB]
Considering a Plan of Adoption [PDF 459KB] [RTF 164KB]
Local Adoption [PDF 469KB] [RTF 163KB]
Enduring Parental Responsibility [PDF 24KB] [RTF 28KB]
Baby Bonus and Maternity Immunisation Allowance for Adoptive Parents
There are important changes to some families’ payments that came into effect from 1 January 2009. If you are the parent of an adopted child, there are changes to Baby Bonus and Maternity Immunisation Allowance that you need to be aware of. For information about these changes and how they may affect you, www.centrelink.gov.au
Search and Reunion
ACT Adoptions and Permanent Care Unit
Phone – (02) 6207 1335
Fax – (02) 6207 8888
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org