Adopt Perspective
Adopt Perspective
Sep 27, 2022
Darryl Nelson - I am adopted, I was adopted
Play • 47 min

Darryl Nelson first shared his personal experience of discharging his adoption in Queensland with us in our Jigsaw Queensland newsletter, Bits & Pieces Summer 2020 edition. Darryl was born in Brisbane in 1964 during the closed and forced adoption eras. He first discovered he was adopted when he was 14 years old, and uncovered further information about his adoption later, when records were unsealed. Darryl’s discharge was successful in 2020, however, it wasn’t an easy road to get there. Working on his own, it took Darryl 18 months to build a case that took only 20 minutes to hear. 

Each person undertaking this process experiences it differently. If you are considering pursuing a discharge of your adoption, we recommend that you have as many supports in place as possible. 

This episode discusses adult themes and listener discretion is advised. For more information go to

Your host is Dr Jo-Ann Sparrow - President of Jigsaw Queensland (

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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and the many lands that our clients now live on and we wish to acknowledge and show our respects to Elders past and present for their continuing connection to culture and the contributions they make to community. We acknowledge how much we have to learn from them and their unique understanding of connection and adoption and their recognition that at the base of every change is truth telling and healing.

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