Media Release by The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Coalition Government invests $3.9 million into forced adoption support services

Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison today announced $3.9 million in Coalition Government funding which will enable people adversely affected by forced adoption practices to benefit from specialised support services for the first time.

“The $3.9 million in funding I announced will support seven organisations across Australia over three years to provide services for people who experience the profound effects of forced adoption,” Minister Morrison said.

“The National Apology for Forced Adoptions in 2013 acknowledged the trauma and harm resulting from the separation of babies from their mothers and recognised that the pain and suffering of all people affected by forced adoption practices has endured over many decades. The government acknowledges the need to provide assistance to those affected.

“Funding will support a national telephone help line which provides guidance and referrals for people affected by forced adoption. The support line offers improved access to personalised services, information on records-tracing and local support networks. The number, 1800 21 03 13, represents the date of the national apology. Face-to-face services are also available in most states.

“The Government is committed to helping the not for profit sector by ensuring organisations have the flexibility to provide the right support to individuals, families and communities.

“Services will be delivered by Relationships Australia and Jigsaw Queensland.

“Forced Adoption Support Services is one of the many areas the Australian Government is investing in through our social services grants scheme. I am proud to be able to provide these funds and commend the work of service providers like Relationships Australia (NSW), whom I visited today, in delivering these important initiatives,” Minister Morrison said.

More information about forced adoption responses by the Australian Government and support services can be found at