Forced Adoptions History Project
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In 1950, at age 20, my mother was taken to 'The Haven'
In 1950, at age 20, my mother was taken to 'The Haven', North Fitzroy, Victoria – an institution that was run by the Salvation Army.
Mum and the other 'inmates' were constantly shamed and told that if they truly loved their baby, they would not keep them.
On the last night, Mum didn't go to bed. She held her baby, which she had named Helen Joy (later named Heather Margaret), the whole night.
Mum was told she must never speak of this 'event' in her life
Sadly, she never recovered from the shame
My beautiful Mum died in January, 2011. She was the most gentle, sensitive, kind person you could ever meet.
bundle of joy
No one ever told my mother there was a Commonwealth benefit she could have received to support Helen and herself.