This report presents the findings of the National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices. It complements the recent Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices, by examining the past and current support needs of people affected by past adoption practices in Australia, including adopted persons, mothers, fathers, adoptive parents, and other family members. Drawing on large-scale quantitative surveys and interviews, the study investigated the circumstances of the participants' pregnancy and adoption, the impact of separation and adoption, disclosure of adoption, search and contact, services and supports used over time, and current needs. Interviews with service providers were also included. The study aims to increase the evidence available to governments to address the current needs of individuals affected by past adoption practices, including information, counselling, search and contact services, and other supports.
3. Quantitative survey of persons affected by adoption
4. Qualitative data collection from persons affected by adoption
5. Mothers separated from children by adoption
6. Fathers separated from children by adoption
7. Persons who were adopted
8. Adoptive parents
9. Other family members
10. Service providers
Attachment A. Technical advisory group
Attachment B. Mothers separated from child by adoption: Quantitative tables
Attachment C. Persons who were adopted: Quantitative tables
Attachment D. Adoptive parents: Quantitative tables.
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