Columba Project

11th June 2005

Last night Rick and I went to see Maureen and Colin who go to the same church as us. Rick had helped them set up a new printer for their computer during the week and had offered to download ‘protection’ for them for when they go online such as zone alarm and AVG. I went with him as it’s been ages since I’ve had a night out but I’m glad I did now. Maureen and Colin are involved with the Columba Project which helps alcoholics and drug addicts get their lives back on track. Somehow the subject got round to some of the women they are helping are mothers who have surrendered a child due to their lifestyles.  I was surprised that Maureen didn’t know much about the rights of mothers. I was able to fill her in on some of the basics I know and gave her some website addresses which will come in useful for her with the mothers. I told her that once our support group is up and running it is worth her coming along as she will learn so much then she can put that into practise with the mothers who are part of the Columba Project. It’s about time I was able to give others practical help.

*This was one of those times I was quite happy to chat with someone who isn’t directly affected by adoption.  She really cares about the people they help and isn’t judgmental.  At the same time I think I was able to give her an insight to what some of the ladies are going through.  She was genuinely interested in what I had to say nor did she come out with any stupid comments.

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About Philippa

I am married to Rick and we live in a small town in County Durham. We have two dogs, a cat and two budgies. I am also an adoption survivor. In 1981 my son was born and I was then forced to surrender him. It took 23 years and reunion for my to find out that my son's adoption was legally known as a forced adoption and illegal but social workers got away with it because mothers didn't know their rights.
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