Adoption Connections Meeting Ipswich

15 March 2017

MEDIA RELEASE 

Adoption Connections Meeting Ipswich 

On the 29th March, 2017, PASQ (Post Adoption Resource Queensland) counsellors are holding an Adoption Connections Meeting in Ipswich. For people in Ipswich and local surrounds whose lives may have been impacted by adoption, this meeting can be informative and helpful. It will provide an opportunity to connect with others who have been affected by adoption and, if desired, to share experiences in a safe space. 

Kylie Williams, Manager of The Benevolent Society’s PASQ program, says, “Statistics show that 1 in 15 people are affected by adoption in Australia. That’s why these meetings are incredibly helpful. Many people don’t share their stories and may feel the need to, or want more information on a variety of subjects but aren’t sure where to go. That’s why we’re here.” 

In the last decade, there have been many legislative reforms regarding adoption, as well as a senate enquiry into past forced adoption practices. As a result, more specialist adoption support services are available to assist anyone affected by adoption, and access to adoption records has become easier. 

Adoption is being discussed publicly more since the success of Lion, a film starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. Based on the true events of an intercountry adoption story, where Nicole Kidman’s Anglo-Australian character and her husband travel to India to adopt their two sons from an orphanage and return home in Tasmania. The film sensitively depicts the struggle of Dev Patel’s character, Saroo, in his quest to find his biological roots. 

Post Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ) offers a range of specialist support services across the state, for anyone affected by adoption (birth parents, adoptive parents, adopted people and relatives of those affected). The program offers information, support and counselling services, as well as assistance in finding and contacting family members. The meeting is free and RSVP is essential. 

If you are interested in attending the meeting, or accessing the support of PASQ, please contact the team on: pasq@benevolent.org.au or 07 3170 4600 

Where: Relationships Australia, 14 Brisbane Street, Ipswich, QLD 4305 

When: 29th March, 6-7.30pm 

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