Jigsaw Services

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

  • Guide Book 

  • Newsletters

  • 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 43 years

 

Welcome to Jigsaw Queensland Inc. Hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders are affected in some way by adoption. For 43 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. 

 

The mobile website does not include all pages and features. For premium viewing this website is best viewed on a desktop/laptop. 

 

 

Our Mission: Support - Connect - Inform - Advocate

Jigsaw Queensland Membership

Latest News

Jigsaw launches podcast to counteract isolation

May 04, 2020

Jigsaw Qld has brought forward the planned launch of their podcast, Adopt Perspective in order to reach more people affected by adoption during the isolating period of COVID-19. Adopt Perspective is a podcast for anyone affected by adoption. It discusses the adoption experience from the perspectives of mothers, fathers, adopted people and their loved ones, so that we may learn and grow from the perspectives of others. The podcast shares personal stories and explores adoption topics including adoption loss, psychological impacts of adoption, forced adoption, inter-country adoption, searching, reunion, healing and many others. Hosts Dr Jo-Ann Sparrow and Jane Sliwka interview adults affected by adoption as well as practitioners, people involved in inquiries, research, legislative change and apologies, artists, film-makers and authors. 

Jigsaw meetings and COVID-19 virus

January 01, 2020

Jigsaw Queensland and COVID-19 - UPDATE 25 March 

Current events are traumatic and can be triggering for those who have suffered past trauma. Through creative collaboration and personal responsibility, we can meet the inner and outer challenges presented to us by COVID-19.

Jigsaw Queensland is committed to the health & wellbeing of all our staff and clients. We will be following all federal and state government recommendations as they unfold. 

Jigsaw Queensland and the Forced Adoption Support Service will continue to provide information & support to persons affected by adoption from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please continue to call us on 1800 21 03 13 (Qld only) or 07 3358 6666 or email support@jigsawqld.org.au

All our staff will have the capacity to work from home if necessary. Our capacity to conduct searches on your behalf may be impacted depending on any change in arrangements at the Commonwealth Electoral Roll office as we can only conduct those searches on site.

We will not be holding individual face-to-face meetings or counselling in our New Farm office and, due to the most recent changes in government policy, our support group meetings will be postponed until further notice. We are exploring online alternatives. 

We have a lot of online resources on our website www.jigsawqueensland.com

Stay well!

Trevor Jordan
President
Jigsaw Queensland Inc.

7th Anniversary Federal Apology 2020

April 25, 2020

On Friday, 20th March, we commemorated the 7th Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions. The date was shifted from the actual anniversary date (21st March) as it fell on a Saturday this year. Owing to the commencement of COVID-19 restrictions, only a small gathering met at 'Events on Oxlade' in New Farm. Unfortunately many of the usual attendees were unable to be present. The event was organised by the Forced Adoption Support Service in consultation with ALAS Australia, The Association for Adoptees, Origins QLD, Jigsaw Qld and You Gave Me a Voice. A feature of the event was a song written by Jay Turn and Cath Mundy specifically for the anniversary. Listen here.

2020 Support Group Dates - see COVID-19 Message above for changes

September 24, 2019

Jigsaw Queensland runs regular support groups for anyone affected by adoption in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. They include adoptee only and mother only groups and open support groups for anyone who is affected by adoption. The Brisbane Adoptee & Open support groups are held on Saturdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and the Mother's Morning Tea from 10am to 12 noon in the ground floor meeting room at SANDS House at 505 Bowen Tce, New Farm. Members of Jigsaw attend free of charge. There is a suggested $5 donation for non-member participants. 2020 dates are below:

Open Support Group (For anyone affected by adoption, including partners, family and friends) - 8 Feb, 11 April, 13 June, 8 Aug, 10 Oct, 12 Dec.

Mother's Morning Tea (A morning tea held from 10am to 12pm for mothers who have experienced separation from their children by adoption) - 15 Jan, 18 Mar, 20 May, 15 July, 16 Sept and 18 Nov.

Adopted Person's Support Group - 11 Jan, 14 Mar, 9 May, 11 July, 12 Sept, 14 Nov.

Sunshine Coast Adopted Person Group - 15 Feb, 18 Apr, 20 June, 15 Aug, 17 Oct & 19 Dec - (at Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre, 2 Fifth Ave, Cotton Tree)

Got a story to tell? Writing Project

April 17, 2020

Owing to the COVID-19 virus, we have had to cancel our face-to-face Writing Day, however, we have come up with an alternative that can be done from the comfort of your home. For more information click on the Write Your Story tab in the top menu.

 

The National Archives of Australia Forced Adoptions History Project website (http:// forcedadoptions.naa.gov.au) will close for new submissions at the end of April this year. There is still an opportunity to share your important story on the website before it closes. Click here for more information.

Without Our Consent - A Qld Story

September 10, 2019

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.

Bits and Pieces Newsletter

September 02, 2019

Click below to read the latest Jigsaw newsletter!

Remembering the legacy of forced adoption

September 11, 2018

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) has unveiled a plaque and honoured the people who campaigned to raise awareness of forced adoption practices that were once prevalent throughout Australia. RBWH led the way in 2009 by being the first hospital in Australia to apologise for forced adoptions. Read more here

Did you know Qld's Adoption Laws were amended in 2016?

November 07, 2016

Parents and adoptees that were adopted prior to 1991 in Queensland no longer have the shadow of penalties looming over them as they seek to search and reunite with their biological families. In 2016 the Queensland Government passed the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, removing the unnecessary offences and penalties for breaching contact statements for adoptions prior to 1991. Read more via the button below.

Adoption and the ethics of secrets - Conversations with Richard Fidler

April 03, 2016

Jigsaw President, Dr Trevor Jordan spoke to ABC Radio's Richard Fidler on Conversations on Monday (4 April). If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to the podcast at the Conversations website (will be avail a few hours after broadcast). 

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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. .

Call Jigsaw today on (07) 3358 6666

Call Forced Adoption Support Services on 1800 21 03 13

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