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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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Just meant to be - part 1

Fathers

My wife Sarah and I are married now but at the time of the birth of our first child Sarah was 16 years of age and in her second last year of high school.

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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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Journey to a failed reunion part 2

Adopted people

In about 1957 a male member of the family appeared and I checked the telephone book and found a person of that name was living in St Helen's.

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Just meant to be - part 2

Fathers

About 30 years ago Sarah had tried to obtain information to commence a search which went nowhere because the information wasn’t available and although she was agreeable to me searching, warned me of possible disappointment.

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