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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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Independent Regional Mothers - St. Joseph's Broadmeadows

Advocacy groups

I treasure as it is in her own hand writing.

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Informed Consent?

Mothers

I did not make an informed decision for the adoption of my baby; this has meant life- long grief which increases with each passing year.

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Issues part 1

Adopted people

As the 50’s came to a close there appeared to be seven emerging issues.

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It’s only Natural

Adopted people

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. John Lennon (1940 – 1980)

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Jigsaw Secrets Project

Advocacy groups

You are welcome to make your own card and contribute to the project.

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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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Incomprehensible

Family

Mum and the other 'inmates' were constantly shamed and told that if they truly loved their baby, they would not keep them.

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Independent Regional Mothers - What we fight for

Advocacy groups

Therefore we will continue to campaign under our own rights – to support or disapprove of Integrated Birth Certificates.

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Internalised trauma and shame

Adopted people

The practices of the Forced Adoptions impacted negatively on my and my family's life. I am 60 years old and continue to suffer from anxiety and depression, however the Apology enabled previously unacknowledged trauma and pain to be brought out into the open and provided an important means for healing.

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Issues part 2

Adopted people

Many of these issues were addressed by a Model Bill canvassed in 1963 in all States in an attempt to reach uniformity, and it was to be the reforming zeal of Victoria in the 50’s that was to lead to far reaching changes when the new Act was proclaimed in 1966.

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I’ve been abducted by the state. I am one of tens of thousands.

Adopted people

Instead I was removed from my mother and put immediately in a children’s home to wait for a ‘better life’, the ‘right family’; a married couple. I lay there alone for three weeks.

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Journey to a failed reunion part 1

Adopted people

In the summer of 1988 I started getting what information there was in relation to my birth.

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