• Who we are

    The Adoption and Permanent Care Association of NSW Inc (APA) is formed and run by parents who have formed their families through adoption and permanent care. We offer support and recommendations for couples and families involved in the NSW local, inter-country adoptions and permanent care programs.  Read More
  • Online Community

    Join our active online community of families and child welfare professionals exchanging ideas, tips, resources, and encouragement with each other every day. Read More
  • Join us!

    We provide support to people who are considering forming a family through local. inter-country adoption or permanent care no matter what stage you’re at in the local adoption process. By becoming a member you can be a part and take advantage of our help line, kids club, social events, member's only resources and much more. Read More
  • Adoption Agencies

    Adoption of a child from NSW (the local NSW program) is available through Community Services Adoption and Permanent Care Services, and a number of accredited adoption agencies. Read More
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Open adoptions to go under Barnados microscope


Removed by the courts from her drug-addicted mother as a baby, now 18-year-old HSC student Tori Peden has become a fierce advocate of the benefits of open adoption.

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Australia adoption law change raises concerns

Al Jazeera English interviews one of our members about the latest Australian adoption changes.

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Important changes to Centrelink payments

You may be entitled to paid parental leave or Newborn upfront payment. It can be a painful process but worth the perseverance. You may need a letter from your caseworker stating the child is on a permanent care order leading to adoption to receive the funds.

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Connecting Carers NSW

CCNSW is an organisation established in 2009 to support Family and Community Services Foster, Relative and Kinship Carers in NSW.  

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