If you've been affected by adoption in any way, the Adoption Connections Meeting may provide you with answers to questions you have.
The Benevolent Society's Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) will host an Adoption Connections meeting in Batemans Bay on Tuesday, August 20 from 6pm-8pm to provide information and support.
It's an opportunity for anyone affected by adoption - adopted persons, parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members - to find out one's rights to access information, searching for family members, or having a reunion.
The free meeting will focus on 'down the track' issues such as:
- How do I find out about my / my child's adoption?
- How do I search for my adult child / my parents/ my siblings?
- How do I find out about my father?
- Post contact - down the track: I need help to try again.
- After years of not knowing, I've found out I am adopted.
- Search and reunion in an online age.
Fiona Cameron, PARC Team Leader for The Benevolent Society said the impact of adoption can be felt for generations.
"It is estimated that one in 15 people are affected by adoption and the effects are often likened to ripples in a pond, because the effects can touch more and more people as time passes and generations of a family grow," she said.
With guest speakers to share their experiences of being adopted, losing a child to adoption and managing searching and contact, this will be opportunity to connect with others in a similar situation.
The event will include informal discussion and a display of relevant resources and books.
The meeting will be held at Batemans Bay Community Centre at 2 Museum Place, Batemans Bay. Complimentary coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.
While the event is free of charge, bookings are essential before August 5. For more information and to book to attend, call 9504 6788 or 1300 659 814 or email PARC@benevolent.org.au.
About The Benevolent Society
The Benevolent Society is Australia's first charity, working as a catalyst for social justice and change for more than 200 years. Founded in 1813, The Benevolent Society advocates for a better life for all Australians, and provides in-home services for older Australians, and people with disability, as well as providing programs in Family support and early intervention. For more information, visit www.benevolent.org.au, on Facebook/thebenevolentsociety or on Twitter - @BenevolentAU