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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 wish I knew

Adopted people

I was born in Crown Street Women's Hospital in 1966 to a 41 year-old Russian woman who wanted desperately to keep me. Our separation at birth caused lifelong trauma for both of us. My heart aches every day ffrom the brutal theft of my identity, family and history.

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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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In 1968 I was a farm girl who found I was pregnant at 19 (part 2)

Mothers

Although I tried to get on with my life I did not ever stop searching. I placed ads for her 21st and kept hoping I would find her. I lived with the pain and anguish every day.

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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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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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In 1968 I was a farm girl who found I was pregnant at 19 (part 1)

Mothers

Although I tried to get on with my life I did not ever stop searching. I placed ads for her 21st and kept hoping I would find her. I lived with the pain and anguish every day.

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In memory of my son

Mothers

Mum, MUM, MUM, where are you, Im crying, screaming now loud as I can mum so you can hear me mum, why cant you hear I want my mum, I want my mum, I want my mum.

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