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 45 years


Welcome to Jigsaw Queensland Inc. Hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders are affected in some way by adoption. For 45 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

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Latest News

Victoria Bridge Light Up

The 1st of June, 2021 will mark 30 years since the 1991 amendments to the 1964 Adoption of Children Act came into effect, allowing adopted people and their parents to receive identifying information about each other. To commemorate this occasion, Brisbane City Council will be lighting up the Victoria Bridge in Jigsaw's colours on the evening of Tuesday, 1 June from sunset.

Jigsaw Qld will be gathering for one hour (6pm to 7pm) on the South Bank lawns near the BRISBANE sign, and we invite others to join us in a quiet reflection and viewing of the lights. We encourage those in attendance to reflect on the impact these changes made on your life journey. There will be no formal agenda. If you wish, there will be an opportunity to share your thoughts with others on the night. We will collect any written reflections that you wish to share on our commemorative webpage. Bring along a blanket or chair, pen/paper to write a reflection & any food/drink you wish to consume.

**Note: Council reserve the right to replace / change colours on the day if something occurs in Qld / nationally. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page in the days leading up to June 1st for updates.

8th Anniversary of National Apology

Click Watch Now (below) to watch highlights of the 8th Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions held on Sunday, 21 March, 2021.

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.

2021 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 information events for anyone who is affected by adoption. 

Owing to Covid-19 regulations, you must register your attendance at a support group by C.O.B. on the day before attendance to ensure numbers are within restrictions. You can register on (07) 3358 6666 or support@jigsawqld.org.au 

Note: Get the latest updates about Covid restrictions and our support group meetings including Zoom meetings via our Facebook page. Click more info (below) for address etc. 

Scheduled dates:

Open Information Events - Stay tuned - more information to come.

Adoptee Support Group - 9 Jan, 13 March, 8 May, 10 July, 11 Sept, 13 Nov. (1.30 to 3.30pm)

Mother's Morning Tea - 20 Jan, 17 March, 19 May, 21 July, 15 Sept, 17 Nov. (10am to 12 noon)




Global Interest

Jigsaw Qld's new podcast, Adopt Perspective is connecting people affected by adoption around Australia and the world. The Podcast, originally envisioned to reach people who were unable to attend support groups, workshops and events because of health, transport or personal issues or because they live in regional Queensland was launched early because of the Covid-19 crisis. Read more in the 2020 Winter edition of the Bits & Pieces newsletter. (Photo: Hosts (left to right), Jane Sliwka and Dr Jo-Ann Sparrow)

2020 Submission

Jigsaw Qld recently made a submission to the Queensland Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, Child Protection and Other Amendments Bill 2020. To read the submission in full, click the link below. 

Bits & Pieces

Click below to read the latest Jigsaw newsletter!

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.

Remembering the legacy of Forced Adoption

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

2016 Qld Law Amendments

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 & the ethics of secrets

Jigsaw President, Dr Trevor Jordan recently spoke to ABC Radio's Richard Fidler on Conversations. If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to the podcast at the Conversations website

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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