Forced adop­tion coun­selling of­fered after pow­er­ful art ex­hi­bi­tion in Bay

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

JIG­SAW Queens­land will pro­vide free sup­port ser­vices for any­one af­fected by forced adop­tions dur­ing and fol­low­ing the With­out Con­sent ex­hi­bi­tion which is on dis­play at the Her­vey Bay Re­gional Gallery un­til 6 Fe­bru­ary.

Jig­saw spokes­woman Dr Jo-Ann Spar­row said the ex­hi­bi­tion, cu­rated by the Na­tional Ar­chives of Aus­tralia, shed a light on a pre­vi­ously hid­den as­pect of Aus­tralia’s past and this could trig­ger trauma in some peo­ple.

“Forced adop­tion poli­cies and prac­tices have im­pacted a large num­ber of Aus­tralians and cause sig­nif­i­cant on­go­ing ef­fects for many peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly moth­ers, fa­thers and adopted peo­ple,” Dr Spar­row said.

“While it is im­pos­si­ble to know the ex­act num­ber of peo­ple af­fected by forced adop­tion prac­tices, around 150,000 ba­bies were adopted through­out Aus­tralia over two decades.

“It is likely that many moth­ers who were sep­a­rated from their chil­dren, who are now in their 60s, 70s and older, and their sons and daugh­ters who were adopted dur­ing this pe­riod now live in the Frazer Coast re­gion.”

Con­tact Jig­saw Queens­land on 3358 6666 or the Forced Adop­tion Sup­port Ser­vice on 1800 21 03 13.

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