Between the 1940s and 1970s in Australia, babies and children were taken away from their mothers and placed for adoption. We can help people affected by those forced adoptions policies and practices.


How can we help?

We can help people affected by forced adoptions through:

  • counselling,
  • searching for records (such as adoption records),
  • tracing family,
  • other information about forced adoptions.


It can be difficult and stressful to talk about forced adoption. Our staff are experienced in talking about these issues. We are respectful of people’s choices and options, and the different experiences of those affected.


Who can get support?

  • The mother of a child that was removed and adopted.
  • Fathers who impregnated the mother whose child was adopted
  • The person who was removed from their parents and placed with adoptive parents.
  • Relatives such as siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins



Our counselling and support services are confidential. This means that everything you discuss with the counsellor is private. A counsellor may have to report something that threatens your safety or the safety of others.






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