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Adoption is a foreign country … a lost home (5)

Adopted people

The myth of the happy adoptive family … where an excess of happiness to make up for the excess of loss in many ways masks an excess of denial to cover the first loss.

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Adoption loss, reunion, and beyond

Mothers

My experience of forced adoption was that it was insidious and came in many guises – beware; history has a not so funny way of repeating itself.

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Adoption story part 1

Adopted people

When I was a child, I always had the sense that I was different, that somehow I was not supposed to fit in.

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Adoptive Mother

Family

I am now close to 80 and live in the ACT where I made a teaching career move a long time ago. I am on my third marriage, to a man I knew in primary school. My first marriage failed partly because of issues with the adoption of a baby boy in 1966.

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Afterwards

Mothers

I had to see her again.. No mother would be satisfied with only spending 3 weeks with her child.

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Amendments part 2

Adopted people

Other 50’s problems were issues surrounding inheritance: possible incest because of secrecy; consent under undue pressure; adopting couples suitability standards; and that adoptions could be heard in the Court of Petty Sessions rather higher Courts.

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Apologies

Adopted people

I recently attended my first Apology/anniversay event. As I listened to the speakers talk about adoption without referring to the babies, I was swept away by grief that triggered my sense of being invisible and unheard ... a pre-verbal grief that, as a late discovery adoptee I am only just feeling.

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Adoption is a foreign country … with cruel practices (4)

Adopted people

What is the worth of a country’s social and moral currency when it cannot protect its most vulnerable in their time of need … the right for mothers to keep their natural new born babies, irrespective of whether they are married?

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Adoption papers signed 1974. Reunited with my daughter 1991.

Mothers

The truth? I was good enough to be her mother.

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Adoption without anguish

Adopted people

I have never felt stigmatised by being adopted - It was always just a fact of life. Just like the colour of my hair or eyes.

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Advice and support in the use of DNA in searching for family

Advocacy groups

The purpose of Within These Walls is to encourage, enhance and nurture the process of uniting the parents and children who have been touched by adoption

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Amendments part 1

Adopted people

The second major concern for the Secretary of Victoria’s Child Welfare Department was with adopting agencies’ accountability.

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And the effects of this awful practice continue......

Adopted people

The effects of forced adoption reach further than emotional trauma. It can affect people physically too.

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Apology Scarf

Advocacy groups

Each person signed the scarf and has kept it as a keepsake.

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