Consultation period

4 February 2020 - 9:00 am To 13 March 2020 - 5:00 pm

Consultation on the Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service – Make a submission

Thank you for taking time to respond to the Discussion Paper.

Your experiences and ideas will help us improve the existing service to ensure that people involved in intercountry adoption receive appropriate support throughout their lives.

Responses to the Discussion Paper will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the Department of Social Services (DSS) Privacy Policy.

You are invited to contribute to this discussion online through the form below. Alternatively, hard copy responses can be sent to:

Intercountry Adoption
GPO Box 9820
CANBERRA ACT 2610

There will also be targeted consultations on the proposed direction of the ICAFSS.

If you have any questions please contact: ICAPrograms@dss.gov.au.


  • About you
  • Your submission
    • - Does the ICAFSS meet the needs of the intercountry adoption community, as identified in the evaluation? See Annex A for detail on the ICAFSS.

      - If not, what changes to the ICAFSS would you recommend?

    • - How could the ICAFSS facilitate different forms of support, like those listed above, for the intercountry adoption community?

      - What is the best way to ensure that the available funding is accessed equitably?

    • - Noting the items described at 2. Key principles for redesign, what type of:

      a) practical support

      b) emotional support

      would you like from a service if you were thinking about searching for your origins or supporting someone to do so?

    • - What alternative service delivery models can you suggest that would support national delivery of the ICAFSS and ensure equitable access for people living in regional and remote areas?

    • - Do you have any suggestions on how to:

      a) support or encourage capacity building and improved collaboration in the service sector?

      b) support or encourage peer support and mentorship among adoptees and families?

      c) encourage development of support networks and information resources for adoptive and prospective adoptive parents?

    • - What are the short-term outcomes that your idea or activity seeks to achieve for people using the ICAFSS?

      - What are the long-term outcomes that your idea or activity seeks to achieve?

      - What knowledge, attitudes or skill should be developed through the activity?

      - What performance indicators or other measures could be used to show the change or benefit that has occurred?

      - What evidence or data could be collected to measure the intended outcome of your idea or activity?

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