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Jigsaw Queensland helping people affected by

adoption reunite through new website

Extract of story by Douglas Estwick for Southwest News, February 9, 2016

 

Finding   her biological parents filled a void in Jo Sparrow’s life and now the

Springfield mother is helping others find closure. 

 

Dr Sparrow was 19 years old in 1991 when laws were reversed to remove

secrecy relating to adoptions and ­improve the rights of people to access

information.

 

Some 25 years later and having met both her biological mother and father, Dr Sparrow has helped Jigsaw Queensland improve its website to promote information, effective communication and greater support for people affected by ­adoption.

 

Jigsaw Queensland has assisted more than 30,000 people searching for their biological heritage and Dr Sparrow said finding a parent was life-changing.

 

“I discovered she lived 30 minutes from me and ended up marrying the father of a boy I went to school (with),” Dr Sparrow said.

 

Years later, Dr Sparrow said she was able to track ­down her biological father.

 

“In his family I found people that looked like me and the women on his side of the family were big readers, writers and journalists, which is where my love of reading and writing came from,” Dr Sparrow said.

 

“I’m still in contact with both and it’s often a difficult relationship to navigate.

 

“But I’m grateful to meet them and explore that relationship. I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t.”

 

Jigsaw Queensland president Dr Trevor Jordan said the goal of the new site was to promote more effective communication and greater reach.

 

Jigsaw Queensland is celebrating 40 years of support for people affected by adoption, state wardship and donor-conception.

 

The website was launched at the Jigsaw open support group on Saturday, 13 February.

 

Visit the new website at jigsawqueensland.com

Photo by Patria Jannides and courtesy Southwest News.