Forced Adoption

Forced Adoption

What is the Forced Adoption Support Service (FASS)?

This service is for anyone who has been affected by forced adoption prior to 1990. The impacts of forced adoption are wide ranging and can extend beyond mothers, fathers, adopted persons and family members. If you have been affected in any way by forced adoption, we are here to help you.

Forced Adoptions

On 21 March, 2013 the Australian Government formally apologised to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices. Today many of these adoptions are considered to have been ‘forced’ and for many people there are significant ongoing mental and physical effects. For more information on the National Apology to people affected by forced adoption practices please visit the Department of Social Services website.

How can we help?

Our staff are experienced in trauma informed support. We provide a referral and information service that includes

  • Support to meet individual needs
  • Assistance with record searching
  • Referrals for long term support 

We will listen and assist you with your situation in a safe environment.

How much does it cost?

This is a free national service. The service is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Social Services.

How to access this service?

If you want to discuss how we can support you, or wish to refer someone to our service please freecall 1800 21 03 13 or 6164 0250 or contact us via the email form below.

If you are unable to visit us, or live in a regional or rural area, we can provide support over the phone or online.

2024 Forced Adoption Support Service small grants

We are pleased to share that the 2024 Forced Adoption Support Service (FASS) small grants funding round is now open for submissions, for projects that start from 1 Aug 2024 and end by 20 December 2024.

The FASS small grants are available for organisations, community groups and services, to be used for activities benefiting people impacted by forced adoption.

Previous funded amounts have ranged from $3,500 - $6,000 and activities have included workshops, art therapy groups, retreats (including activities). Funds are to be used to benefit groups of people - funding is not available for individuals or private business.

The closing date for applications is Monday 6 May 2024.

Download application form

Submit application form or find out more

Related Links

 Transcript of the official WA parliament statement about the 10 year anniversary of the Apology

Click here to read

National Parliament Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions

Click here to watch

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To contact FASS call
1800 210 313


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