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    The concept of forced adoption is not acceptable today. However, when it occurred back in the early '60's, it was acceptable as a satisfactory solution to an occurrence that happened with considerable frequency.
    I was involved in such an occurrence.
    After what was regarded as "spontaneous lovemaking" during a "sporting Easter", my "casual partner" came to me - months later - with the news that she was pregnant. Having been raised by a discerning mother, I offered two options - 1. Get married at once or 2. Pay for an abortion. Neither was acceptable and my 'friend' disappeared. I was unable to make contact, but I learned that she had moved interstate.
    I later learned that she had given birth to a child and had organised an adoption immediately after the birth.
    Nothing further until last year, when I learned that I was blessed with a 53 year old daughter. I had been married for 50 years and had two sons and five grandchildren. However, the news and the subsequent meeting with my daughter - and grand-daughter - brought me happiness and pride which still resounds in my life.
    I will be forever grateful to my daughter's adoptive parents although I regret the years that we were not part of each other's lives.
    I can only say that the concept of "Forced Adoption", although no longer the accepted format, did a great job in this case



     

    Nothing further until last year, when I learned that I was blessed with a 53 year old daughter. I had been married for 50 years and had two sons and five grandchildren. However, the news and the subsequent meeting with my daughter - and grand-daughter - brought me happiness and pride which still resounds