A rare chance forrelinquishing parents, adopted children and adoptive parents to meet has been organised by the Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre.
The Adoption Connections meeting will be held onApril 16at the Community Resource Centre, 78 St Vincent Street, Ulladulla, from 6pm to 8.30pm.
For the first time, the Post Adoption Resource Centre will visit Ulladulla to host a meeting for people affected by adoption.
Margaret Watson, a counsellor with the service, says the meeting on March 19 is open to people who are adopted, parents who lost their children through adoption, adoptive parents and any other people seeking advice or support.
“About one in 15 people are affected by adoption in Australia and we’re finding more and more people are contacting us to ask for information, support or counselling, and for help with finding and contacting family members,” Ms Watson said.
“It can be a very emotional experience to search for and try to contact a parent you have never met, or your child who was raised by another family.
“We help people to be discreet in the way they make contact, and prepare for the range ofpossible reactions.
“We have run Adoption Connection meetings all over the state and we find one of the main benefits is the opportunity it gives people to meet and talk with others who have gone through similar life experiences.
“We also understand how important discretion is, and that for many people their experience of adoption is something very private.”
Ms Watson said that since the Adoption Information Act was enacted in 1991, the Benevolent Society has supported more than 65,000 people to search for relatives and go through the process of connection.
The meeting is free to attend but bookings are essential by April 13to 1300 659 814 or [email protected]
For more information, go to http://bit.ly/adoption-mtg-ulladulla.
Refreshments will be served.
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