• 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 kids club, social events, members only Facebook group and much more. We run the APA through a private Facebook group. Please email our President, Kelly Gray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply for membership. 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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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.

This link leads you direct to their website http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/payments-for-families 

 NBS eligibility:

  • Child born on or after 1 March 2014 and entrusted to care of non-parent, e.g. foster care:
  • Child is under one year of age
  • Child remains their FTB child for 13 continuous weeks from date they become eligible for NBS.

NBU eligibility:

  • Child entrusted to care on or after 1 March 2014 as part of an adoption process:
  • Child (of any FTB child age) has been entrusted to care by an authorised party as part of an adoption process
  • Eligible for FTB Part A within 12 months of the date the child was entrusted to their care.