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Forced Adoption Support Service

The Forced Adoptions Support Service offers support to anyone in Tasmania affected by past forced adoption practices. This includes assistance to search for records and specialised counselling for trauma and grief. This service is free and confidential.


In Tasmania between the 1950’s and 1970’s there were approximately 4,500 adoptions. There are potentially 2,700 families who have been affected by forced adoption practices.

On the 18th October, 2012 Premier Lara Giddings apologised to families who were subjected to forced adoptions as part of the effects of former adoption policies and procedures.

In support of the Tasmanian Government’s apology and in recognition of the findings from the Senate enquiry, Relationships Australia Tasmania has developed a specialist counselling and support service.

Through counselling clients will be able to identify their individual needs and explore their options in a safe and supportive environment.

Our counsellors are highly skilled to help clients deal with various issues that arise from forced adoption including grief and loss, trauma, anger, rejection and identity issues.

Individual counselling sessions may be short or long term and are tailored to client’s needs.

Group work is also offered. The groups are a safe environment for participants to share their thoughts, experience and knowledge, if they wish to do so.

The Forced Adoption Support Service group meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 2pm-3:30pm at 20 Clare Street, New Town.

Anyone affected by past adoption practices are welcome to attend.


Relationships Australia Tasmania has offices located in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.



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