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.
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 support organisations are listed below:
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)
Families with Children from China - Australia (FCC Australia Incorporated)
Country: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Representative: Caroline Regan
0421 069 4924
NSW Thai Adoption Support Group
Representative: Tina Marie Sheil
Playgroups and social groups
The Central West Adoption Support Group
For information contact:
Kristina Loxley firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathi Pirani email@example.com
This 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.
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 on 02 9997 6954 for more information.