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Mentor and Adoptee Group Providing a safe space for young adoptees to reflect on their life experiences Post Adoption Support Services’ Mentor and Adoptee Group (MAG) connects young inter-country adoptees (aged 7-17) with adult mentors through therapeutic, fun and cultural activities. MAG aims to create a place where young adoptees can feel a sense of belonging and interact with others who have had similar life experiences. The mentors involved with the program are adult adoptees or people from migrant backgrounds. They provide the young people with a comfortable space for peer support, advice and connection. MAG organises a variety of activities and workshops that cater to all interests and ages. Events in the past year have included indoor rock climbing, ice skating, arts and crafts workshops, bowling, dragon boating, swimming, and museum visits. Earlier this year, Chef Terry from Sukhumvit Soi 38 ran a Thai cooking workshop. The group had a great time learning to cook pad thai, spring rolls and a banana and rice dessert. 45 young people participated in the program in 2016-2017. Funding Acknowledgement Post Adoption Support Services is funded by the Government of South Australia, Department for Education and Child Development. I love going to the activities. It puts a smile on my face because the activities are fun. I especially like it when I can take another adopted friend with me. It’s fun to meet other children who have been adopted. The adults are very kind and they have a joke with you. MAG Mentee Individual, Family and Community Wellbeing | Relationships Australia SA Annual Report 2016 -2017 41