Forced adoption support

COUNSELLORS from the Post Adoption Resource Centre are coming to Lismore later this month to hold a support session for local victims of forced adoptions.

Both mothers and adoptees are welcome to attend the Connections meeting.

It will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre, 76 Carrington Rd, from 5.30pm.

Counsellor Jane Adams said the session was being held in response to recent media attention on past adoption practices and as a result of the recommendations made by the Senate inquiry into forced adoption practices in Australian between the 1950s and 1970s.

"We are an organisation under the umbrella of the Benevolent Society that has been operating for 20 years since the Adoption Information Act came into being in 1991," Ms Adams said.

"We help people search for and connect with family members following separation by adoption.

"During the 1950s to 1970s, thousands of children were placed for adoption.

"Most birth mothers were single and sent away in shame and secrecy to have their baby away from their family and friends, thinking they would never see that child again.

"Many are now reconnecting and finding that missing piece of the puzzle that helps them understand who they are and where they come from.

"Birth mothers who have grieved for the loss of the child they gave up so many years ago are meeting with that child as an adult for the first time.

"The Post Adoption Resource Centre acts as a mediator in these reunions and provides counselling and support as well as information for those still searching."

It is an opportunity to hear stories from parents and children, and to seek support.

Please RSVP by March 19 by calling the Post Adoption Resource Centre on 9504 6788 or 1300 659 814, email parc@bensoc.org.au.



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