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Just meant to be - part 6

Our ’phone conversations and e-mail correspondence was exciting as our confidence grew and everyone was more at ease.
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Just meant to be - part 7

In return Sarah and I visited Brisbane to meet more of Judy’s family, in particular her adoptive parents, her husband and their boys.
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Just meant to be - part 8

On reflection, I for one have emerged a stronger person and am no longer ashamed of my actions so many years ago
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Public recognition

For too long, fathers have been considered the shadowy, peripheral figures of adoption. The state, territory and federal Apologies of 2012-13 plus the Commonwealth parliamentary pronouncements in March 2014 have given fathers a presence.
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Personal involvement

For too long, fathers have been considered the shadowy, peripheral figures of adoption. The time has come for fathers to accept that they have a significant interpersonal contribution to make to post-adoption matters, including contact and reunion, and for others to encourage their involvement.
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Exclusion zone

During the era of forced adoptions, the placement of the child with adoptive parents was expedited if the father was deliberately excluded from the process. The absence of the father may be misinterpreted to mean that he was and is uncaring.
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