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The Trauma of Relinquishment – Adoption, Addiction and Beyond


Zara Phillips is an author, singer-songwriter and adoptee advocate. Zara will be discussing the trauma of relinquishment and the impact on adoption issues with Dr Gabor Mate.

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

This talk will be of interest to anyone with lived experience of and/or working within the fields of; relinquishment, trauma, addiction, recovery, adoption and social care.

To help inform the discussion, we would welcome your questions in advance to be considered by Dr. Gabor Maté and Zara Phillips. Please therefore submit your questions via the eventbrite booking process.

A suggested donation towards this event is £10. All donations go towards providing fully funded suicide prevention training to young people, parents and professionals.

*** Please Note: Sales will close at 4 pm today. If you would like to book a ticket after this time, please email [email protected] ***

The OLLIE Foundation are happy to fully fund your ticket if finance is a barrier. To receive a fully subsidised ticket, please reach out via email to receive your booking confirmation:

[email protected]

Both Zara Phillips and Dr Gabor Maté have both generously donated their time to support the work that we do at The OLLIE Foundation and Adoption Network Cleveland.

Should you wish to directly support Adoption Network Cleveland, please donate here.

Please note this event starts at 6pm to 7.30pm London, UK time.

The OLLIE Foundation

OLLIE is a charity dedicated to delivering suicide awareness, intervention and prevention training by empowering professionals and young adults in their own communities to lead suicide prevention activities. It is widely accepted in society that with appropriate support and education, suicide can be prevented.

We do this by:

  • Providing confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person
  • Helping others to prevent young suicide by delivering a number of training programmes
  • Campaigning and influencing National policy

OLLIE wants to create a society where no one feels that suicide is their only option, especially young people.

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Adoption Network Cleveland

The Ohio Family Connection is an innovative non-profit organization with over 30 years of experience serving the adoption and foster care communities. Our organization fulfills otherwise unmet needs for information, advocacy, education and support for adult adoptees, birthparents and birth family; adoptive, kinship and foster families; youth in foster care and foster alumni; and related professionals. More recently, the organization has expanded its services to use its expertise in adoption search, reunion with birth family, and peer support networks to assist those who have been donor-conceived or have misattributed parentage. Adoption Network Cleveland is a member of Greater Cleveland Community Shares. The organization can be found online here or on social media at @AdoptionNetCle.


16 April
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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