Adoption and Permanent Care Contacts

Adoption and permanent care provide a stable and secure family life for children who, for various reasons, cannot live with their birth family.

Contact information

The following list provides contact information for a range of services and organisations that are involved with various aspects of adoption and permanent care. These include agencies that place children, Family Information Networks & Discovery (FIND) and support groups to parties to adoption and permanent care. Contact individual organisations for detailed information about the services they offer.

Adoption and Permanent Care Services

The following organisations offer services such as relinquishment counselling, applicant assessment, placement of children and post-placement supervision. Each non-government agency also has an Adoption and Family Records Service.

Eastern Suburbs
Adoption and Permanent Care Program
Department of Human Services
883 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill 3128
Tel: (03) 9843 6413
Fax: (03) 9483 6400
Email: APCeastern@dhs.vic.gov.au
Northern Suburbs
679 High Street
Preston 3072
Tel: (03) 9479 0558
Fax: (03) 9479 0537

Southern and bayside Suburbs, Dandenong, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and surrounding areas
Adoption and Permanent Care Program
Uniting Care Connections - Copelen
274 High Street
Windsor 3181
Tel: (03) 9521 5666
Fax: (03) 9521 5220
Western Suburbs
Adoption and Permanent Care Program
Anglicare Western
41 Somerville Road
Yarraville 3013
Tel: (03) 9396 7400
Fax: (03) 9689 6110
Geelong, Warrnambool, Portland & Hamilton
Adoption and Permanent Care Program
Department of Human Services
2nd Floor
Corner Little Malop and Fenwick Streets
Geelong 3220
Tel: (03) 5226 4540
Fax: (03) 5226 4550
Central and Eastern Gippsland
Adoption and Permanent Care Program
Anglicare Gippsland
65 Church Street
Morwell 3840
Tel: (03) 5133 9998
Fax: (03) 5133 9601
Ballarat, Horsham, Stawell & surrounding areas
Adoption and Permanent Care Program
Child and Family Services Ballarat
Ludbrook House
115 Lydiard Street
Ballarat 3350
Tel: (03) 5337 3333
Fax: (03) 5332 1724

Shepparton, Seymour, Benalla, Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounding areas
Adoption and Permanent Care Program
Department of Human Services
163 Wellsford Street
Shepparton 3630
Tel: (03) 5832 1500
Fax: (03) 5831 1851
Bendigo, Maryborough, Castlemaine, Echuca, Swan Hill, Mildura and surrounding areas
Adoption and Permanent Care Program
St Lukes Anglicare
175-187 Hargreaves Street
Bendigo 3552
P.O. Box 315, Bendigo 3552
Tel: (03) 5440 1100
Fax: (03) 5440 1108
Statewide
CatholicCare
3 Wingfield Street,
Footscray 3011
Tel: (03) 9689 3888
Fax: (03) 9689 4901
Email: adoptions@ccam.org.au

Central Resource Exchange (CRE)
Responsible for co-ordinating placement of children across the State and for organizing statewide information and training sessions for the Infant Adoption Program of Victoria.

Central Resource Exchange
Adoption & Permanent Care
Locked Bag 2015
Box Hill 3128

Leave a message on (03) 9096 8003 (note that the CRE is only staffed two days a week)
Email: adoption.inquiry@dhs.vic.gov.au

Statewide

Family Information Networks & Discovery (FIND)
FIND helps people to access information about past wardship and adoption and provides mandatory counselling for people accessing information about their donor conception experience in the state of Victoria.

Level 20
570 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000
Tel: (03) 8608 5700

Intercountry Adoption Service
Department of Human Services
Level 20
570 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000
Tel: (03) 8608 5700
Self-Help and Support Groups

Permanent Care and Adoptive Families
(formerly Post Placement Support Service
)
50 Market St, Melbourne 3000
Phone: (03) 9020 1833
Email: info@pcafmilies.org.au
Website: www.pcafamilies.org.au
Korean Adoptive Families – Han Ho
Email: president@kaf.org.au
Australian Society for Intercountry Aid (Children) of Victoria (ASIAC)
PO Box 189
Glen Waverley 3150
Tel: (03) 9808 6613
Fax: (03) 9888 8345
Email: ggchand@bigpond.net.au
Association of Relinquishing Mothers (Arms)
PO Box 645,
Deepdene 3103
Email: arms@armsvic.org.au
Tel: (03) 9769 0232
Website: www.armsvic.org.au
Australian African Children's Aid and Support Association (AACASA)
www.aacasa.org.au
Facts International Adoption Association
(
FACTS)
PO Box 1099
Templestowe, 3106.
Phone: (03) 9431 2514
Intercountry Adoption Resource Network (Australia) (ICARN)
PO Box 12238
A'Beckett Street
Melbourne 3000
Tel: (03) 9378 2607
Email: icarn01@gmail.com
Families with Children from China — Australia (FCC)
PO Box 13143
Law Courts
Victoria 8101
groups.yahoo.com/group/FCC-Australia/ (members only site)
www.fccaustralia.com.au (public site)

For families wishing to find out more about FCC or join, email: xstitcher@internode.on.net
Victorian Adoptee Network (VAN)
Email: victorianadopteenetwork@mail.com
Thai Parent Support Group
Phone (03) 9817-4306 / 0418 329 299
Email: jvanhaandel@bigpond.com
Other

Victorian Adoption Network for
Information and Self-Help (VANISH)
1st Floor,
50 Howard Street,
North Melbourne
Telephone: (03) 9328 8611, or
Toll Free: 1300 826 474
Email info@vanish.org.au
There are currently many support groups in metropolitan and country Victoria for people affected by adoption issues. Contact VANISH for information about groups in your local area.
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