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Abandoned

Adopted people

1950 and a young Victorian Federal MP has heard of an American movie, 'Abandoned', that will be more educational than entertaining.

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Adopted in 1955

Adopted people

Forced adoptions must never be allowed in the future. This applies whether people are adopting from within Australia, or they are adopting a child from overseas. I have serious concerns about 'international' and 'intra-national' adoptions as these further remove children from their past.

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Adoption Destroyed My Life

Mothers

In October 1968, my son was born at the Brisbane Royal Women’s Hospital at 1.15pm weighing 7lb11oz. I was tied to my bed and held down by nurses during delivery.

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Adoption Story part 2

Adopted people

The day I turned eighteen, I went to the phone box at university and began making enquiries about how to find my real mother.

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Adoption Story part 4

Adopted people

I consider myself lucky to have met my real dad.

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Adoption is Loss

Adopted people

My adopted name is Samuel Charles Morley but my birth name was Phillip Stacey Peck and I want to know the absolute truth about the circumstances of my adoption

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Adoption is a foreign country (3)

Adopted people

After such deep seated connections are formed how could a new born infant not be traumatised and thrown into sensory confusion when permanently losing its mother after birth?

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Access to adoption information

Mothers

There have been enormous changes in attitudes since 1970 and there is now much more acceptance of single parent families.

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Adoptee

Adopted people

My step-father was more than just a dad, he was a friend. We both shared a similar experience and this created a bond which has lasted my entire life - at least I had the spirit of the father in my life and for that I'm grateful.

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Adoption Loss and Reunion

Mothers

The impacts of adoption loss are lifelong and the associated losses continue beyond reunion. Adoption separation brings pain and grief that is difficult to resolve even with the best counselling and support. An ideal society would ensure that no parent/child relationship would endure such a separation.

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Adoption Story part 3

Adopted people

When I was twenty, I moved to Melbourne.

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Adoption Story part 5

Adopted people

The only way I can explain adoption is to say that before I ever had the chance to grow, I was transplanted to a place where I wasn’t capable of growing.

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Adoption is a foreign country (2)

Adopted people

“I’m adopted”, doesn’t open easy conversations it tends to close them.

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Adoption is a foreign country ...

Adopted people

Adopted people not only have to live with this loss, they have to find a way to make sense of it, often across the full span of their lives.

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