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I lost my son forever

Mothers

My son's adoption was called 'special needs' because he was 18 months old when he was adopted. And now I have lost him forever because of an accidental heroin overdose.

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I needed a hug but instead was given ECT.

Mothers

My experience of adoption has cast a long shadow over my life.I can't imagine ever feeling at peace with myself for the pain I inadvertantly gave my son. I cannot imagine a circumstance where adoption with its inherent heartache can ever be considered a humane option for the child or birth parent.

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I received my first 'teddy bear' from my natural mother.

Adopted people

This is trauma and it is ongoing."Adoption Loss is the only trauma in the world where the victims are expected by the whole of society to be grateful" - The Reverend Keith C. Griffith, MBE

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I was 19 years old.

Mothers

The system of forced adoption betrayed me and her - on every level.

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I was denied the opportunity to express the normal feelings of anger, hurt and emotional pain.

Mothers

When I left the home, I was given tablets to dry up the milk and advised to go home and forget about "it". "It" was never mentioned again in my family.

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I'M NOT A BIRTHMOTHER

Mothers

The word 'birthmother' doesn't exist in the Macquarie dictionary.

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Illegal interstate adoption.

Adopted people, Mothers

I have no contact with my birth family. My mental health has been in question all my life although I was not formally diagnosed until 2001. Who would do this to a child? And of course my children have suffered horribly because of my trauma.

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I lost my son to adoption in 1962 and we didn't reconnect until he was 45

Mothers

He is now enjoying getting to know his other families, and acknowledges me as his "first mother". What more could I wish for? To be able to release the deep pain of all the lost years would help but I try to live in the moment and appreciate what I have.

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I never fitted in and they let me believe it was something defective in me.

Adopted people

Rather than there being something wrong with me, I just didnt make sense with them because their family was not where I came from.

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I was 15 years old when I became pregnant. 16 when my daughter was born.

Mothers

I have held love in my heart always for my little first born stolen daughter xxx

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I was adopted in 1954

Adopted people

What those women were made to suffer was disgusting.

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I will never get to meet her.

Adopted people

"They may have separated us in body and distance but I do take strength in knowing I am a part of her and she is a part of me, and hopefully we will meet up in another life and make up for the time that was stolen from us in this one."

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IN THE SHADOWS

Mothers

We must give all women the courage and resources to continue taking care of there own children.Churchs and instituations should do the work that they have devoted themselves in doing, such as caring without prejustice.

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In 1950, at age 20, my mother was taken to 'The Haven'

Family

In 1950, at age 20, my mother was taken to 'The Haven', North Fitzroy, Victoria – an institution that was run by the Salvation Army.

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