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Forced Adoption Support Services

The FASS program is for those who are affected by past forced adoptions policies and practices in Australia.
Between the late 1940s and the 1970s there were an estimated 145 000 adoptions in Australia. While there are no exact numbers, a significant number of women had their babies taken against their will as the result of forced adoption policies and practices.
The consequences of these practices are far reaching, causing harm, anguish and suffering for those affected – mothers, fathers, people who were adopted and families.

Forced Adoption Apology

 National Apology for Forced Adoptions – 21 March 2013 (Transcript)

How we can help

Forced Adoption Support Service (FASS) can provide information links and referrals to other services and networks.

Staff at Relationships Australia NT understand that these issues may be hard to share and difficult to understand. Our experienced staff are respectful of people’s differing choices and options, and we acknowledge and value the diverse experiences of those affected by forced adoption.

Mothers have reported receiving harsh and uncaring treatment during pregnancy, labour and birth, and for some, not even being allowed to see their babies after birth. Mothers tell us it is like having a ‘missing’ child, never knowing what happened to them, if they were, safe, loved and / or cared for. Losing a child to adoption has been described by many as one of the hardest things they have ever experienced.

Many fathers were kept away, with some not having been told of the pregnancy and birth of their child, nor the subsequent adoption.

Issues that adoptees may face are not well recognised or understood in the general community, and many people report not ever really talking about being adopted as they were growing up. For some, this can have a significant impact on their lives and relationships, and for others this influence may be more subtle.

Growing up in a family where you look and ‘feel’ different to others can be confusing and difficult to understand, and you may have many unanswered questions.

Please call us on (08) 8923 4999 or FREE CALL 1800 21 03 13 for more information on services for those impacted by Forced Adoption.

Alternatively, you can visit the National Website by clicking on this link
Information for mothers and fathers who have lost a child to adoption: Forced Adoptions Fact Sheet
Australian Government Department of Social Services

Further information on the Without Consent exhibition can be found here link 

Funding Acknowledgement

Forced Adoption Support Service is provided by Relationships Australia Northern Territory and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

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