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Post by Hopeful on Mon 17 May 2010 - 16:07

I have searched, and searched, but could not find a adoption support group in the Pretoria area. Therefore, recently started the Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG), as there was a need for such a group in the Pretoria area. The group offers support to individuals and couples considering adoption (transracial families. single parents, gay parents or any other family), as well as those who have already adopted their precious children. Meetings are held on the first Sunday of every month in order for adoptive families to socialise, share experiences and to offer hope and encouragement to newcomers.

A FACEBOOK page was created to provide additional information and a source for contact with all members. Please search for us on FACEBOOK for more information.

Our first get-together is planned for Sunday, 6 June 2010 from 11:00 to 13:00.


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Post by Hopeful on Fri 21 May 2010 - 8:26

You can also contact the Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG) by sending a message to the following e-mail address: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com. Very Happy
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Post by Guest on Fri 21 May 2010 - 8:30

That is so wonderful Hopeful! I know that there are a real need for support groups like these everywhere. I hope that all those hopeful's dreams come true.

You are doing something wonderful, and I wish you all the success!

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Post by Hopeful on Thu 27 May 2010 - 6:32

The first PASG get-together will be held on Sunday, 6 June 2010 from 11:00 to 13:00 at Jingle Jangle (Tea Garden & Nursery), Wekker Street, Plot 54, Kimiad Estate, Moreleta Park, Pretoria. If you would like to attend, please RSVP on forthcoming events on our facebook page, or e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com.
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Post by Hopeful on Mon 7 Jun 2010 - 16:36

The next social get-together for the Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG) is planned for Sunday, 4 July 2010 from 11:00 to 13:00 (venue still to be confirmed). Please visit us on our facebook page or contact us on e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com for further details. Thumbs Up


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Post by Hopeful on Fri 11 Jun 2010 - 7:39

The Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG) wholeheartedly supports "Mandela Day" which will be on Sunday, 18 July 2010, and encourages everyone to join in this wonderful campaign and opportunity to do something good to help others. Madiba was politically active for 67 years... his life has been an inspiration to the world and now it's our time to spend at least 67 minutes of our time "to make an imprint and help change the world around us" by doing something useful within our communities, especially the less fortunate. Refer to the facebook page of the PASG, if you live in the Pretoria area, if you want to join us with regards to contributing to the 2010 Mandela Day. Love to hear from you!
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Post by Kerryw on Sun 13 Jun 2010 - 8:24

Wow you are really busy well done for creating a support group.
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Post by Hopeful on Mon 14 Jun 2010 - 6:59

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Post by Hopeful on Thu 5 Aug 2010 - 15:20

The next social get-together for the PASG is planned for Sunday, 15 August 2010 from 12:00 to 14:00 at the Safari Garden Centre, Willows, Pretoria East. A table has been booked in the tea garden adjacent to the kiddies playground. Please feel free to bring grandma/grandpa etc., just let us know ahead of time iro seating for all.

For further information, please contact Michelle Aspeling (Co-ordinator) or Michelle Du Plessis by sending an e-mail to pretoriaasg@yahoo.com.
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Post by Hopeful on Tue 24 Aug 2010 - 8:43

The next spring social get-together for the PASG is planned for Sunday, 5 September 2010 from 11:00 to 13:00.

For further information, please contact Michelle Aspeling (Co-ordinator) or Michelle Du Plessis by sending an e-mail to pretoriaasg@yahoo.com.
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Post by Hopeful on Fri 10 Sep 2010 - 11:05

The next Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG) is planned for Sunday, 10 October 2010 from 12:00 to 14:00 at Zita Park, Zita Road, Garsfontein, Pretoria East.

For further information or to RSVP, please visit the PASG facebook page (under upcoming events) or send us an e-mail to - pretoriaasg@yahoo.com.

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Post by Hopeful on Mon 11 Oct 2010 - 5:50

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November is National Adoption Awareness Month (unfortunately still unofficial in South Africa), however, it’s a month set aside to raise awareness about the adoption of children, to promote positive perceptions surrounding adoption and to celebrate the unique joys of creating families through adoption.

Promoting awareness can be done through simple everyday activities and provides opportunity to educate ourselves and others about adoption. The activities should be fun and be enjoyed by the whole family!

If you would like to join the PASG during our November 2010 social get-together and help raise awareness please contact us via e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com or visit our Facebook page for further information.

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Post by Hopeful on Tue 9 Nov 2010 - 7:29

The Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG) Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, 12 December 2010 from 12:00 to 14:00.

Parents please buy any inexpensive present for your precious child (or children) - only one present per child at a cost of no more than R100-00. Please wrap the present and write your child's name clearly on the present. Santa Clause will be there to hand-out the gifts to the kids!

The PASG will also be donating presents this festive period to less fortunate children. Stationary works well, as it is a unisex present and applicable for a wide age range or maybe a soft toy for those really little ones. We will have a box ready at the PASG Christmas Party for these presents, and if you see your way open at all to buy a gift for another child, it would really be appreciated. Note: The PASG will be donating the Christmas gifts to the Tshwane Place of Safety Association, as they will be doing a Christmas hospital round on the 17th of December and will be handing out Christmas gifts to children in hospital, namely the George Mukhari Hospital in Soshanguve where they have 18 children's wards, 1 neonatal unit, i icu and 1 kangaroo mother care unit. The gifts will be handed out to those who have to spend Christmas in hospital! When you wrap the present, please make sure to write the gender and age the gift is suitable for clearly on the outside.

If you would like to join the PASG for our upcoming Christmas party, please contact us via e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com or visit our Facebook page for further information.

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Post by Hopeful on Mon 24 Jan 2011 - 12:56

The next Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG) get-together is planned for Sunday, 6 February 2011 from 12:00 to 14:00.

The PASG is honoured and privileged to have the author of 'Someone's Daughter - She's Adopted But Don't Tell', Aurette Bowes, addressing the PASG. 'Someone's Daughter' is a South African author's own true account of how, as an adult, she learned that she is not her parents' biological child, but was adopted by them as a baby in a closed adoption. The book tells of the profound and permanent impact this discovery had on her life and that of her family. It documents the search for her birth mother, their reunion and the development of their relationship thereafter. 'Someone's Daughter' relates how the author found emotional healing through her Christian faith and learned to embrace her dual identity. The book also includes a chapter by her husband, in which he reveals how he and the children were affected by the discovery of the author's adoption and how they dealt with it.

The talk will be followed by a question & answer session and there will be a raffle draw, and the lucky winner will receive a personalised/signed copy of the book, 'Someone's Daughter.

If you are interested to attend, please contact the co-ordinator of the PASG on e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com.

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Post by Hopeful on Tue 1 Feb 2011 - 16:56

The article “Telling your child that they are adopted – when and how”, was specifically provided to all PASG families, as part of our monthly Newsletter (The Adoption Connection) - February 2011 edition. This is to keep to our theme for this month, as we will be having the author of the book "Someone's Daughter - She's Adopted, Don't Tell", Aurette Bowes, that will be addressing the PASG on Sunday, 6 February 2011. Although the article is a personal reflection, it provides information to any adoptive family that has wondered when and how to tell their child (or children) that they are adopted.

Follow the following link - http://aurettebowes.wordpress.com/ to the article "Telling Your Child They Are Adopted - When And How" by Michelle Aspeling, Co-ordinator of the Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG).

Anyone interested to find out more about the Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG), please visit our Facebook page or send us an e-mail to - pretoriaasg@yahoo.com.

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Post by Hopeful on Tue 8 Feb 2011 - 8:01

The next PASG FAMILY SOCIAL DAY (JOINING OF TWO ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUPS) is planned for Sunday, 6 March 2011 from 12:00 to 14:00. If you would like further information or attend, please contact the PASG (co-ordinator), as follows:

E-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com or visit (and join) the PASG on Facebook.

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Post by Hopeful on Fri 11 Feb 2011 - 10:42

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As co-ordinator of the PASG, I am very proud to announce that our adoption support group is going from strength-to-strength, and with effect from March 2011, the two adoption support groups based in the Pretoria area, namely Opt2Adopt and the PASG will be joining/merging, to form one adoption support group, namely the PRETORIA ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUP (PASG), as to serve all adoptive families (or prospective adoptive families) living in the Pretoria area.

If you’ve been shunning participation in a adoption support group, for some odd reason or another, why not reconsider?

Come and join us on Sunday, 6 March 2011 from 12:00 to 14:00 to socialise, share experiences and to offer hope and encouragement to newcomers, as it will be an informal get-together to allow the children to play and parents to mingle.

For further information, please contact:
E-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com or sign-on to Facebook and search for the PASG.


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Post by Hopeful on Mon 28 Feb 2011 - 6:29

The PASG is proud to announce, that two (2) adoption support groups, namely the PASG and Opt2Adopt will be merging in order to form one adoption support group in the Pretoria area. The name, Pretoria Adoption Support Group (PASG), will remain, as to identify the adoption support group in Pretoria.

Our family social get-together and the joining of two (2) adoption support groups will be held on Sunday, 6 March 2011 from 12:00 to 14:00.

Please bring a small plate of eats & soft drinks to share.

Please respond (either via the PASG Facebook – Events Page or e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com or SMS to 072 698-9991) if you plan to attend, so we can have an idea of the numbers.

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Post by Hopeful on Mon 7 Mar 2011 - 11:48

Every parent hopes they'll get through life without ever having to administer life-saving CPR to their own child or to someone else's. Most of us will be lucky enough never to have to face this life-and-death situation. However, it is every parent's duty to be prepared and know what to do should the worst happen. Knowing what to do will help you to stay calm and give you a fighting chance of saving your child.

A trained representative from LifeMed (an advanced life support ambulance service with a 24-hour control centre situated in Pretoria) will be providing this essential life-saving training (CPR and first aid for babies and children) to all PASG families on Sunday, 3 April 2011 from 12:00 to 14:00.

Please respond (either via the PASG Facebook - Events Page, or e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com or SMS to 072 698-9991), if you plan to attend, so we can have an idea of the numbers.

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Post by Hopeful on Thu 14 Apr 2011 - 16:11

The PASG is very fortunate that the experts from African Pride Hair & Beauty Salon will be visiting us in May, to discuss "how to look after ethnic hair"on Sunday, 15 May 2011 from 13:00 to 15:00.

African Pride Hair & Beauty Salon is one of the leading ethnic hair and beauty salons in Pretoria. They specialise in dreads, braiding, various ethnic hair products and after care products. Adoptive families with children with ethnic hair that has that dilemma of not knowing what to do or how to look after your child's hair - this will be for you! There will be a short talk followed by a demonstration and a variety of products will be available for sale. We have also requested that they inform us of not only salon products (which can be costly) but also what alternative products to purchase from your local grocery store!

If you would like to attend please contact the PASG on e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com or SMS 072 698-991, or visit our Facebook page.
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Post by Hopeful on Fri 27 May 2011 - 15:15

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The next PASG social get-together and celebrating our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY will be on Sunday, 5 June 2011 from 13:00 to 15:00. If you are interested to attend, please contact the PASG on e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com or SMS 072 698-9991 or visit our facebook page.

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Post by Hopeful on Mon 6 Jun 2011 - 13:40

The next PASG winter family social get-together will be on Sunday, 3 July 2011 from 13:00 to 15:00. If you are interested to socialise, share experiences and to offer hope and encouragement to newcomers, please contact the PASG co-ordinator on e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com.

The PASG is a group of like-minded people who share the experience of adoption and our support efforts are an essential part of our adoption journey. We continually learn together and know that we can be there for someone else as well as call on others when we need help. Adoption is a lifelong experience, and it is good to know you are not alone!


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Post by Hopeful on Mon 11 Jul 2011 - 10:38

The PASG is proud to announce that Erika Marais, Counsellor who works specifically with children will address the PASG regarding building your child's self-esteem and how to handle bullying. If you are interested to join the discussion on Sunday, 14 August 2011 from 13:00 to 15:00 - please contact the PASG co-ordinator on e-mail: pretoriaasg@yahoo.com.

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Post by Lilian on Mon 11 Jul 2011 - 10:40

Hi there

Do you know of any groups like this in Cape Town?

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Post by Hopeful on Tue 12 Jul 2011 - 11:39

Hi Lilian,

Refer to the following website - http://www.adoption.org.za - and click on 'Adoptive Parents' - 'Adoption Resources' and then scroll down to 'Adoption Support Groups' - you will find a list of adoption support groups (including contact details). There are a few based in Cape Town and surrounding areas.

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