Post Adoption Support Services – South Australia

Post Adoption Support Services is running a six week support group for people who were adopted from overseas.  This will be an opportunity to talk and reflect on how adoption has shaped your life, its influence in forming identity, and how central your adoption experience is to your life.  This will also create the space for people to come together and share the similarities and differences of their adoption stories, and to gain support and knowledge from each other.  Please find attached flyer.

Dates: Tuesday evenings / 20th September to 1st November 2016 (Please note there is no session on 11th October )

Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: Relationships Australia SA at 49a Orsmond Street  Hindmarsh SA 5007

Cost: Free

To register: If you are interesting in attending, please reply back to this email or call Nikki Hartman or Su Park on (08) 8245 8100.

Kind regards


Su Park Case Worker/ Support Worker | Post Adoption Support Services  | Working Tuesdays to Fridays


Relationships Australia (SA)

49a Orsmond St, HINDMARSH  SA  5007

t (08) 8245 8100 |  f (08) 8346 7333 |  e


I acknowledge this Land as the Traditional Lands of the Kaurna People and that I respect and support their Spiritual, Physical, Economical, Mental and Emotional relationship with their Country. I also acknowledge the Kaurna People as the custodians of the Adelaide Region and that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living Kaurna People.

Disposable Children: Re-adoption in America


No longer want the child you adopted? Don’t worry, in America, you can place a classified advert on a website and get rid of them. It’s called ‘rehoming’ and a deed signed by a lawyer is enough to transfer parental authority to anyone. There have even been cases of suspected sex offenders or people whose own children were taken away from them by social services ‘rehoming’ other children.

A quarter of children adopted in the USA are later abandoned by their new parents. That’s 25,000 children, every year. Agencies have sprung up, who – for a fee of around $5,000 – try and find new families for these children. But others resort to unofficial adoption networks and it’s there that children are most vulnerable.

We meet Jack, Poppy and Nita, three children passed around like packages and left hurt and confused. We also hear from a father who made the decision to give away his adopted daughter. Heartbreaking and compelling viewing.

Watch a short story version on 60 Minutes Ep 27 2016 – Unwanted, Predator, The Missing

ISS Australia – Intercountry Adoption Tracing and Reunification Service

ISS Australia is pleased to inform you of our newly funded Intercountry Adoption Tracing and Reunification Service.

ISS Australia ICA Tracing Service (1)

This free service will provide information, support and counselling to intercountry adoptees and adoptive parents regarding their decision to trace birth family, as well as support and guidance during the tracing and family reunification processes.

The new service will have a small number of experienced and dedicated Intercountry Adoption Tracing Social Workers assisting intercountry adoptees to navigate the often complex journey of accessing their records and searching for their birth family overseas, including support as they begin and progress through the complex reunification process.

The overseas aspects of the tracing and family reunification processes will be provided through the resources of ISS network members and overseas contacts in the adoptees’ ‘country of origin’.

ISS Australia will ensure this service complements any existing intercountry adoption tracing and reunification that occurs in your jurisdiction.  As you may know ISS Australia also currently works in partnership with LifeWorks to provide the Case Management Services component of the Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service, therefore we will ensure these two services can be closely linked and complement one another.

This initial one-year funding is provided by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.   Our services will be fully operational by late August 2016 and provided free of charge, Australia-wide.

Please forward this email amongst your networks and if you would like to enquire about or access our Intercountry Adoption Tracing and Reunification Service, the first step is to contact us on:

Phone 1300 657 843 (local call cost) or email

Our brochure is attached and if you would like to receive hard copies of this brochure please contact us.

Visit our website for more information about ISS Australia or our new ICA Tracing Service.


Damon Martin
Manager, NSW Office / Manager, Intercountry Adoption Service

Accredited Mediator

The Trouble With the Christian Adoption Movement

New Republic

Evangelical Americans believed adoption could save children in the developing world from poverty—and save their souls.

In 2009 a Tennessee couple made a life-changing decision. As devout Christians, they decided to open their home to an orphaned girl from Ethiopia, whom they were told had been abandoned. They knew enough from fellow adoptive parents to expect that the process would be long and hard, but as they were waiting for their application to go through, something unexpected happened. A number of Ethiopian staff at their adoption agency were arrested for transporting children to a different region of the country where they could claim the children had been abandoned. (Following a glut of adoption cases where children were said to have been abandoned in the capital city of Addis Ababa, the court had temporarily stopped processing “abandonment adoptions” of children from the city, but were still allowing cases from elsewhere in the country.)

The stories about where the children came from—whether they were abandoned orphans whose parents were unknown, or their parents were poor and had willingly given them up—seemed to change from day to day. Concerned, but by now committed to the child they’d come to think of as their future daughter, the Tennessee family went ahead with the adoption. But, as I wrote in my book The Child Catchers, after they brought the girl back to the United States and she learned enough English to say so, she told them she had another mother. When they called the agency to demand an explanation, the child’s claim was confirmed: their newly adopted daughter was not an orphan.

On a personal level, the news was devastating. The family felt like they’d stolen someone’s child; wanting to find out the truth, they set off on a months-long, and ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to locate their daughter’s biological mother. But their story turned out to be just one of many: a single example of the numerous incidents of adoption corruption that, in the last several years, have helped changed the direction of a powerful adoption movement among U.S. evangelicals.

Click here to read the full article

Adoption Act Refrom 2015/2016

In December 2015 the Attorney-General asked the Commission to provide recommendations to government on the modernisation of the Adoption Act 1984 and the Adoption Regulations 2008.View the terms of reference.

The Commission will publish a consultation paper in early August 2016, outlining the scope of the inquiry and inviting submissions from the public.  Submissions are welcome after the publication of the consultation paper. The closing date for submissions is 16 September 2016.

During August and September the Commission will also hold formal consultations with individuals and groups. This is an opportunity for all Victorians to have their say. Please contact us by email atlaw.reform@… if you wish to participate in consultations.

All submissions received will be taken into account by the Commission when it formulates its recommendations. Read our submissions policy.

The report and recommendations will be delivered to the Attorney-General by 28 February 2017, and the report will be published after it has been tabled in Parliament.