Photo by Marcus Bell at Studio Impressions.
Jigsaw Queensland provides the following services via the phone, email and if possible and appropriate, face-to-face:
Information, referral and support
Search and reunion assistance
Emotional support and assistance with record searches and family tracing
Monthly Support Group meetings
Access to the Jigsaw library
Call Jigsaw on (07) 3358 6666
Forced Adoption Support Services
Jigsaw Queensland is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to provide forced adoption support services in Queensland.
Call 1800 21 03 13.
Providing information and support for 46 years
Welcome to Jigsaw Queensland Inc. Hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders are affected in some way by adoption. For 46 years, Jigsaw has assisted all people affected by adoption and the professionals who work with them.
Jigsaw advocates openness and honesty in adoption, believing that all people have the potential to speak honestly and openly in ways that respect each other's needs and rights. To this end, we promote enlightened public policy and practical, personal steps that may build and strengthen all family connections.
We are a non-profit, member-based organisation providing both professional and peer support. Our experience has taught us that information and support changes everything. We work with and for everyone affected by adoption, regardless of where or when the adoption took place and also provide support and information for those affected by donor-conception. Our priority is to give our attention to each person's unique needs, no matter who they are.
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Our Mission: Support - Connect - Inform - Advocate
Adoption & Mental Health
In Australia, persons affected by adoption score significantly lower than the general population on physical, psychological and social well-being. They are twice as likely to suffer from mild and moderate mental disorders and, over time, are more likely to suffer from a severe mental disorder. Find out more about the accessible, affordable and adoption-specific pathways that are available to get support by clicking More Info below.
2022 Adoptee Retreat
Jigsaw Qld's Forced Adoption Support Service (FASS) held a retreat for adopted people at Mt Tamborine from 7-9 October. Read more about the retreat by clicking 'More Info' below.
Donor conception report
The Qld Parliament Legal Affairs and Safety Committee has tabled its report into matters relating to donor conception information. Read the full report by clicking the link below.
Adopt Perspective Podcast
Listen to the latest episode of Adopt Perspective podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Deezer, Castbox, Pocket Casts, Amazon Music, Overcast or via the Listen Now button below.
2022 Support Groups
Jigsaw Qld runs regular support groups and information events for anyone affected by adoption in Brisbane. They include adoptee only and mother only groups and open groups for anyone who is affected by adoption. All groups are held in the ground floor meeting room at SANDS House, 505 Bowen Tce, New Farm.
For more information contact us at (07) 3358 6666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: For updates, check our Facebook page.
Open Support Group - 13 Aug, 8 Oct & 10 December. (1.30 to 3.30pm)
Adoptee Support Group - 8 Jan, 12 March, 14 May, 9 July, 10 Sept, 12 Nov. (1.30 to 3.30pm)
Mother's Morning Tea - 19 Jan, 16 March, 18 May, 20 July, 21 Sept, 16 Nov. (10am to 12 noon)
Changing of the Guard
After more than two decades serving as President of Jigsaw Queensland, Dr Trevor Jordan has stepped down from the role and the Management Committee have elected Dr Jo-Ann Sparrow to serve as the new President.
While stepping down as President, the organisation will retain Trevor’s experience and expertise as he takes up the role of CEO of Jigsaw Queensland.
Without our consent - A Queensland Story
In 2018 the Forced Adoption Support Service at Jigsaw Qld worked with the State Library of Qld to produce a film about the history of forced adoptions with a focus on the Queensland experience. The film was based on interviews with a mother and a father who had lost a child to adoption and an adopted adult. Representatives of stakeholder and advocacy groups (ALAS Australia, Association for Adoptees, Origins Qld and Jigsaw Qld) were also interviewed as well as Claire Moore (former Qld Senator and Tracy Davis (former Qld Government MP).
The aim of the film was to raise community awareness of the history and impacts of forced adoption. To access the film click the link below.
1991 - 30 Year Anniversary
This year (2021), marks the 30th anniversary of Queensland's historic adoption legislation amendments that came into effect on 1 June, 1991. We recently sat down with former Queensland MP, Anne Warner, who championed and sponsored the amendments in her role of Minister for Family Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs, and interviewed her about her recollections of this period. To commemorate the amendments and Jigsaw Qld's 45th birthday we lit up Victoria Bridge on 1 June.
Anne's interview and photos from the light up can be found on our 1991 - 30 Year Anniversary commemorative page.
All artwork featured on the Jigsaw Queensland Inc. website has been supplied by Teresa Jordan. To see more of Teresa's beautiful artworks, visit www.teresamaryjordan.com.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and the many lands that our clients now live on and we wish to acknowledge and show our respects to Elders past and present for their continuing connection to culture and the contributions they make to community. We acknowledge how much we have to learn from them and their unique understanding of connection and adoption and their recognition that at the base of every change is truth telling and healing.