A rare chance for people affected by adoption to meet in Dubbo

18 April 2017

The Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) will host an Adoption Connections meeting in Dubbo on 24 May to provide information and support for people affected by adoption.

Tricia Dearden, a counsellor with PARC, says the meeting on 24 May is open to anyone affected by adoption, whether they are adopted or a parent. All other family members seeking advice, support or information are also welcome.

“About one in fifteen people in Australia is affected by adoption and we’re finding more and more people are contacting us to ask for information, support or counselling, as well as for help with finding and contacting family members,” Tricia said. Many people affected by adoption come to the meeting and share their stories. Robert Thomas is one of those people.

“The Benevolent Society works miracles,” says Robert. “I met my birth mother, more for her to know what happened to the baby than for me. It was really positive. Now she comes up from Sydney to see the kids and I have four half siblings I didn’t know I had. A whole new family.” The process for finding and contacting a birth parent or a child who has been adopted is delicate, emotional and difficult. “It is a very sensitive and challenging experience to search for and try to contact with one’s child who was raised by another family, or with a parent you have never met,” says Tricia. “We help people to be discreet in the way they make contact, and prepare for the range of possible reactions.

“PARC runs Adoption Connection meetings all over NSW and we have discovered that one of the main benefits of these meetings is the opportunity for people to meet others who have gone through similar life experiences. We also understand the importance of discretion; for many people the experience of adoption is something very private and secretive.”

Counsellors like Fiona Tricia been involved with The Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre since it opened in 1991, when the Adoption Information Act was enacted. Since then, The Benevolent Society’s PARC has supported more than 70,000 people with information, counselling, intermediary services and the process of connection.

What: Adoption Connections Meeting
When: 24 May 2017
Where: CAC Classroom, Western Plains Community Arts Centre, 76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo
Time: 6p – 8:30p
Cost: Free
RSVP: Booking is essential by 17 May 2017
Please call 1300 659 814 or email: parc@benevolent.org.au

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