Help for people affected by adoption

The Benevolent Society's Post-Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ) is running a series of workshops for people affected by adoption at the Gold Coast, as well as a retreat in Brisbane.

 

Adopted people are invited to a one-day retreat in Milton that offers the opportunity to connect with others in a supportive and safe environment, and to explore and practice new skills such as mindfulness, while a series of five workshops in Labrador explores similar issues.

 

PASQ client Tim Loth, 40, will attend the workshops to share his experience of the search for his biological family.

 

"In my search for my birth family, I started down a road where I wasn't sure where it would lead. All I knew was that I wanted to understand myself and I had to understand where I came from," Mr Loth said.

 

"PASQ brought such dignity and compassion to my journey of discovery. I could never have hoped to be the person I am today without understanding my biological heritage.

 

"My journey started with questioning but it ended with love. It's up to each of us to piece together our past and for many of us the road is difficult, but for those who persist the result is finding out who you really are.

 

"It takes courage and commitment in taking the first step of your search, not knowing what might be uncovered.

 

"It can be a very emotional experience to search for and try to contact a biological relative. The PASQ service will help people in the way they make contact, and prepare for the range of possible outcomes," said Mr Loth.

 

Brisbane

What: One-day retreat for adopted people

When: Saturday, 13 February, 2016, 10am-4pm

Where: The Benevolent Society, 189 Coronation Dr, Milton Qld

Cost: $15/person

RSVP: Booking is essential (07)3170 4600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Gold Coast

What: Group workshops for people affected by adoption

When: Thursday, 18 February, 2016, 6pm-8pm (+ five subsequent dates throughout the year TBA)

Where: The Benevolent Society, Early Years Centre, 57 Billington St, Labrador Qld

Cost: Free

RSVP: Booking is essential (07)3170 4600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

5 February 2016.