Support organisations

National Support Services

International Social Service Australia
Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service
Contact: Sarah Burn
Phone: 02 9267 0300
Email: sarah.burn@iss.org.au

Intercountry Adoption Australia

Intercountry Adoption Australia

The Australian Government created Intercountry Adoption Australia to help guide people wanting to adopt a child from overseas.

Intercountry Adoption Australia is a national service and central point of contact for people at all stages of the intercountry adoption process. For people already in the process, or considering applying to adopt a child from overseas, the service will connect them to a variety of resources and services.

More information about the service can be found at the website Intercountry Adoption Australia or by calling the information line on 1800 197 760, open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, across Australia.

Support organisations

Adoption can be a challenging and exhausting experience for many couples.

Fortunately, there are a number of support and information groups across NSW which can help you through the process.

Membership of an adoption support organisation is not a requirement for a successful adoption, however applicants are encouraged to join these groups.

Adoption can be a challenging and exhausting experience for many couples.

Fortunately, there are a number of support and information groups across NSW which can help you through the process.

Membership of an adoption support organisation is not a requirement for a successful adoption, however applicants are encouraged to join these groups.

Intercountry adoption support organisations

The Adoption and Permanent Care Association of NSW Inc (APA)
Country: All intercountry and local adoption and permanent care
Contact:  02 8091 5157
Email: info@apansw.org.au

Australian-African Children’s Aid and Support Association Inc (AACASA)
Country: Ethiopia
Representative: Carmel Stormer
Phone: 0415 785 976
Email: carmelstormer@optusnet.com.au

Australians Caring for Children Inc (ACC) (Support Organisation)
Countries: all (ACC has a wide membership of families that have adopted from a range of countries- including Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Guatemala, China, Philippines, Fiji, Australia, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka)
Website: http://www.accau.org  
Email: info@accau.org

Australian Families for Children (AFC) (Adoption Support)
Country: Colombia
Representative: Sheri Shenker
Phone: 02 9389 1889
Website: http://www.australiansadopt.org/ 
Email: info@australiansadopt.org    

EURADOPT AUSTRALIA
Country: any European country
Representative: Isobel Monsted
Rmail: isobelmonsted@optusnet.com.au

Families with Children from China - Australia (FCC Australia Incorporated)
Country: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Representative: Caroline Regan
Phone 0421 069 4924
Email: caroline.regan@sydney.edu.au

Friends of F.A.N.A
Country: Colombia
Representative: Henry and Karoline Brodaty
Phone: 02 9337 2146 or 02 9388 8686
Email: kbrodaty@yahoo.com

Future for Romanians
Representative: Paul Monstad
Email: paulffr@hotmail.com

International Children’s Aid (ICA)
Country: Sri Lanka
Representative: Gabrielle Thompson
Phone: 02 9371 8860

Aid for the Children of Brazil
(post-adoption support only)
Country: Brazil
Representative: Rev. Roger and Margaret Ellem
Phone: 02 4955 1789
 
NSW Thai Adoption Support Group
Country: Thailand
Representative: Tina Marie Sheil
Email: cosmic.lolly@gmail.com

Play group & social groups

  • ASIAC playgroups: For all newcomers, those starting to think about intercountry adoption, those currently going through the process, or those who have lost touch and wish to rejoin, are most welcome at ASIAC playgroups. Visit the ASIAC website www.asiac.org.au for a listing of playgroups or contact the playgroup co-ordinator, Maggie Marwick playgroup@asiac.org.au.
  • The Central West Adoption Support Group meets bi-monthly at different locations across central western NSW. The group has been formed by families who have adopted children from overseas or within Australia and those who are considering or in the process of adopting. They offer support, encouragement, information and the opportunity for children of all cultures and ages to get together and play. For details of the next meeting contact Kristina Loxley mkloxley@bigpond.com or Cathi Pirani info@bellinitravel.com.au.
  • Shoalhaven Adoptive Families Support Group invites you to join them for monthly meetings and a fortnightly playgroup. Contact Linda Sandry 0401 098 139 or Charli Taylor on 0410 420 873.
  • Pandaroos is a Mandarin/Chinese cultural social group meeting monthly at the Chinese Australian Services Society in Campsie. Children participate in craft, language and other activities led by people of Chinese background or adult adoptees. All families of children adopted from China or Taiwain are welcome, as are prospective adoptive parents. Contact Celeste Forestal or Sue Topham at: pandaroos@live.com.au for more information.
  • Playful Pandas is a ‘Families with Children from China’ (FCC) Mandarin playgroup run every Saturday morning from 10am - 12pm during school term at Dee Why. Songs, games, Chinese cultural activities and great support and information for those currently going through the adoption process. Contact Mandy van den Elshout - 9997 6954 for more information.
  • Northern Rivers Adoption Support group family get-togethers
    Please contact Kynan on 02 66 878213 or 0402 278 655 for more information
  • ACC PLAYGROUP 2012 is held on the first Wednesday of the month (in school holidays this may change), from 10am onwards. Contact Leanne Hampel
    0438 878 969, leanne@hampel.com.au
  • Teenz Connection is an Australian Families for Children initiative to bring together adopted teenagers to share experiences and support each other. All welcome, all countries. Visit http://www.teenzconnection.org/
  • Newcastle Adoptive Families Group Are you thinking about adoption, a waiting parent, the parent of an adopted child? If you live in the Newcastle area see the information sheet for details.

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