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    The Honourable Phil Reeves

    FUNDING CONTINUES VITAL ADOPTION SUPPORT SERVICE

    Child Safety and Sport
    The Honourable Phil Reeves

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011

    FUNDING CONTINUES VITAL ADOPTION SUPPORT SERVICE

    The Bligh Government is investing $149,000 in vital support services for Queensland’s adoption community.

    Acting Child Safety Minister Simon Finn said the Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ) will receive an additional $100,000 for extra counselling staff.

    “The Bligh Government provided $1.2 million to establish PASQ when the new adoption laws commenced in early 2010,” Mr Finn said.

    “This additional $100,000 will enable PASQ to employ more staff to ensure people affected by adoption have access to appropriate services, including counselling.

    “PASQ supports people wishing to find and connect with their birth relatives, provides resource development and training for professionals, and builds community awareness through Adoption Connection meetings and other client events.”

    Mr Finn said the Bligh Government is also investing $49,000 over three years in Jigsaw Queensland so individuals affected by adoption can continue to access support services.

    “Jigsaw Queensland is a non-profit, member-based organisation relying on trained volunteer helpers to provide a range of services including counselling and emotional support to all those affected by adoption,” he said.

    “Jigsaw also hold regular support groups as well as provide information to support individuals in their searches to find and connect with their birth relatives.

    “Adoption is a sensitive and complex matter and there is a great need for people to be supported if they make the decision to search for their birth parents or birth children.”

    Mr Finn said the Bligh Government works hand-in-hand with community organisations to ensure the right support services are available to the adoption community.

    “We values their tremendous efforts and are committed to working our partners across the state,” he said.

    “The Bligh Government has made the tough economic decisions to ensure we can continue to support our NGO partners.”

    More information about changes in adoption laws and how to seek confidential advice about how the law might affect an individual can be found at: www.communities.qld.gov.au/childsafety

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