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The birth and adoption of my son

Mothers

There have been enormous changes in attitudes since 1970 and there is now much more acceptance of single parent families.

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The evolution of Within These Walls

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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The founding of ARMS (Vic) part 2

Advocacy groups

Thirty years after we started, through the Victorian and National Apologies, we have finally had recognised that our personal prison was built by political and social forces and not by our own hands.

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The journey continues

Family

This great journey is a work in progress

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Them part 1

Adopted people

Gough Whitlam, later to be Australia’s Prime Minister, was beginning to cause ructions about adoption nearing the end of the 50’s.

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This is the first day I ever cast eyes on my son - Part 1

Mothers

"Let's go to Westfields", I ask Des while we are waiting for the journals. Des is his usual obliging self, and I half hoped that this short expedition will reveal the treasured gift.

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This is the first day I ever cast eyes on my son - Part 3

Mothers

All I could do was hold his hand tightly to let him know I would always be there for him. My love clear and bright, like the enduring crystal that came from the land of our ancestors.

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The cloak in the mirror

Adopted people

I didn't choose this. It was forced on me through an unjust, misguided social system corrupted by false expectations and beliefs.

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The founding of ARMS (Vic) part 1

Advocacy groups

Thirty years after we started, through the Victorian and National Apologies, we have finally had recognised that our personal prison was built by political and social forces and not by our own hands.

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The impact of adoption separation in my life

Mothers

There have been enormous changes in attitudes since 1970 and there is now much more acceptance of single parent families.

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The loss of my child has affected every aspect of my life

Mothers

see uploaded supporting images of my handwritten account of my experience

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Them part 2

Adopted people

‘The liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.’ George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

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This is the first day I ever cast eyes on my son - Part 2

Mothers

You were Conceived with my first Love. Who was born on the first day of Summer. You were my First Child. Who was Born on the First day of Spring. You were the first Grandchild. The beginning of a new Generation. You, and your place is, and always has been. Number One.

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This photo was taken on March 21 2013 at the Apology for Forced Adoption policies.

Adopted people

I met my mother a few years after meeting my dad, and she was too broken-hearted I think to want to see me ongoing as a daughter. We met in a coffee shop for an hour or so. I never saw her again. I found out in August 2012 that she had passed away in 2007.

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