Formation of ALAS Qld

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In 1985, I Patricia Whiting (now Patricia Large) started The North Brisbane Birthmothers Support Group. We met on Mondays 11/2pm once a month and Wednesday evenings 7-9pm.

I was active in a number of other Support Groups in Brisbane and interstate, via phone and mail and exchanging newsletters.

I was involved in the Queensland Adoption department establishing the Contact Register in 1987, where my details were placed.

North Brisbane Birthmothers Group, lobbied, street marched from King George Square to parliament house, took petitions throughout outback towns of Queensland, we stood outside Brisbane Parliament with placards, we also marched with other mothers on International Women’s day with banners and stickers, also had stalls to hand out information on Adoption.

In 1990 we won the rights to information law changes giving us our Adoption files, and the right to access our original birth certificate giving us the chance to reunite with our stolen children.

The women who had been sitting around at group meetings decided to form ALAS with our ‘forget me not’ as our emblem.

Sally asked me to take over ALAS in Nov 1991, in Feb 1992 I started the Saturday meetings 2nd Sat of the month 12/5pm, which was very successful. In 1992 female adoptees came along, so did wives and mothers of people affected by Adoption.

We have been active in achieving World First Apologies.

During the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s Adoption Awareness week was 10-17 June, when conferences were held on a regular basis.

ALAS continues to work with government and lobby on behalf of individuals affected by adoptions.

 

In 1985, I Patricia Whiting (now Patricia Large) started The North Brisbane Birthmothers Support Group.