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The best and worst 50th birthday present ever... part 3

Mothers

Pt 1 & 2 covered the good side of being ‘found’. This is what followed. The darker side of ‘reunion’ when it goes awry, the pitfalls of trying to rebuild something when there is nothing, absence of support and ripples cast upon innocent bystanders.

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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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The pain of relinquishment and adoption.

Adopted people

My mother was forced to relinquish me simply because she was unmarried. She lost her child. I lost everything - my mother, my identity, my extended family, even my name. I don't really belong anywhere.

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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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The best worst 50th birthday present ever... part 4

Mothers

Who would I have been if adoption had never intervened in my life? I will never know, because that time is lost, gone for all time. What is the sacred act of childbirth did not grant me access to motherhood, instead it seared my Soul as I crossed the threshold from a girl to a woman

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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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The revelation, the reunion, the hole in the heart

Adopted people

Forced adoption severed the link between myself and my mother. We were lucky in that we found each other again, but those thirty-seven years after our separation are not recuperable. My adoptive parents did the best they could but suffered many problems post-WWII and those sufferings were visited on me.

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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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