http://www.jigsaw.org.au/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=pageAdopted adults (18+) and Birth parents:

Can obtain identifying information (unless a veto preventing access was placed prior to 2003 – see below) and non-identifying information. All WA adoptions, including those arranged privately, had to go through the Department for Child Protection (has had various names). There is no charge for this information. New legislation was proclaimed on 1 June 03 preventing new vetos being placed.

Step 1:

Apply for information from the government department. You can contact them yourself for the appropriate form or click below, fill out your details and we will send you the relevant form. You can contact DCP at:

Department for Child Protection and Family Support
Post Adoption Services
189 Royal St. East Perth.  6004

PO Box 6334.  East Perth  WA  6892
Ph: (08) 9286 5200
FreeCall: 1800 182 178 (Australia wide)

Email: adoptions@cpfs.wa.gov.au
Website: http://www.dcp.wa.gov.au/FosteringandAdoption/Pages/PastAdoptionInfo.aspx

WA has a veto system

Prior to 2003 there has been both contact and information vetos. A contact veto means you can obtain identifying information but you must sign a statutory declaration that you will not contact the person concerned. Contact vetos placed prior to 1/6/03 are still valid, no further vetos have been accepted from this date.

All information vetos were removed on 1/6/05. This means every adopted person can obtain her/his original birth certificate and birth mothers can obtain their child’s adoptive details.

Note: new recommendations in regard to vetos are currently being considered.

To be sent a DCP form contact us.

Step 2:

DCP will send you non-identifying information, an authority to access the relevant birth certificate, a copy of the court documents and a book called A Guide to Search, Mediation and Contact in Adoption, this includes an explanation of the search process. If you want us to search for you, you must join Adoption Jigsaw, if you haven’t already done so. If we have a ‘match’ on the contact register we will contact each party and discuss it further.

We will begin the search as soon as all relevant documentation is received. We will arrange an interview with you when we have information about the person being sought.

If you want to do the search, but use our mediator: We will contact you to arrange an interview with our mediator. You still need to join Adoption Jigsaw.

Join Adoption Jigsaw
Click here for brochure – Using A Mediator

Other agencies/ groups in WA

Adoption Research and Counselling Service (ARCS)
301 Railway Parade. Maylands WA 6051
PO Box 187. Mount Lawley WA 6929

Ph: (08) 9370 4914
Fax: (08) 9370 4917
Email: contact@adoption.wa.org.au
Website: http://www.adoptionwa.org.au
Open Tuesday- Friday, 9 – 4.30 (after hours appointments available), provides pre and post adoption services for all parties to adoption.

Association of Relinquishing Mothers (ARMS) – (birth mothers support group)
Phone: (08) 9336 1337

Link-up – (assists aboriginal people with counselling, search and mediation)
http://www.yorgum.com.au/services

Link-up is run by Yorgum, details below

Yorgum Aboriginal Community
176 Wittenoom St
East Perth 6004

Ph: (08) 9218 9477
Fax: 08 9221 0487

Former Child Migrants Service
At: Catholic Migrant Centre
25 Victoria Square
Perth WA 6000
Ph: (08) 9221 1727
(specialised service for former child migrants, assists with obtaining records, search, mediation, assistance with applications for travel funds and counselling, open Mondays and Thursdays)

Tuart Place

Fremantle Resource Centre
24 High Street
FREMANTLE WA 6160

Ph: (08) 6140 2380
Freecall: 1800 619 795

Email: admin@tuartplace.org
Web: www.tuartplace.org