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    This page outlines how the Forced Adoptions History Project  team will moderate contributions before they are published on the website. Please read it carefully. For more information please read the terms of use and disclaimer, copyright and privacy policy.

    Moderation process

    Contributions to the Forced Adoptions History Project website will be moderated before they are made available on the website. This process will take approximately two weeks. You will automatically receive an email when your contribution has been published online.

    The moderation is not intended to censor contributions, but will ensure that this website is a safe and respectful space for people to share their experiences.

    In moderating your contribution, the project team will use the guidelines listed below. Please read these carefully before submitting your experience.

    Any contributions considered by the project team to be vexatious, harassing or otherwise inappropriate will not be published.

    If you have questions about the moderation, or if information or images of you have been shared without your permission, please contact the project team.

    Guidelines for contributions

    1. Abbreviations – where the full details are not supplied, the team will add them.
    2. Surnames of third parties will be removed, except:
      • with permission. It is your responsibility to obtain permission from the person in writing and submit this to the project team to use others' surnames.
      • if they are members of parliament or other well-known people (for example, Dame Judi Dench).
    3. Language or imagery that could be considered defamatory, abusive, obscene or offensive will be removed at the discretion of the project team.
    4. Information or images that infringe the copyright or trade mark of any other person will be removed.
    5. Information that impersonates a person, or misrepresents someone’s identity or affiliation with any person will be removed.
    6. Advertising will be removed.
    7. Do not upload images for which you do not own the copyright. It is your responsibility to find and seek permission from the copyright holder and submit this to the project team to publish the image.
    8. Ensure that you provide the project team with the permission of anyone who can be identified in a photograph to publish the photograph.
    9. Official documents (such as birth certificates) containing identifying information will not be uploaded. Please black out surnames and other identifying information (for example, if a record includes a date of birth, please black out the day and month).
    10. This website is not for contesting current government policies. Any content of this kind will be removed.
    11. Links to external pages supplied by users will not be moderated. The content is the responsibility of the supplier.

    Langauge used in the Forced Adoptions History Project

    When using this website, respect for the rights of mothers and fathers who lost babies to adoption and adopted people is of utmost importance. We use language to validate experiences and illustrate the illegality of forced adoptions. The project uses language that acknowledges the disempowerment faced by Australians affected by forced adoption.

    When moderating experiences, please note we define certain language in the following way:

    Mother: the woman who gave birth to a child, who was removed by authority figures and adopted. There is no qualifier on the woman who gave birth to her child. ‘Natural’, ‘birth’ or ‘biological’ are not appropriate terms. 

    Father: the man who impregnated the mother. There are no qualifiers. As with mothers, ‘natural’, ‘birth’ or ‘biological’ are not appropriate terms.

    Adopted person: the person who was removed from their mother and placed with adoptive parents. Adopted ‘children’ should be avoided when referring to adopted people in the present. 

    Adoptive mother and father, adoptive family: the family with whom the adopted person was placed after removal.