Forced adoption counselling offered after powerful art exhibition in Bay
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.