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When I was nursing

Workers

When I was nursing I met other women who had been through a similar experience.

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Where do I belong? part 2

Adopted people

Whenever we cousins from either side of the family got together however, I was always singled out.

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Where do I belong? part 4

Adopted people

We were living in Mt Lawley when at 15 I went off to Perth Technical College

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Where do I belong? part 6

Adopted people

I married when I was 22 - and what a powerful moment it was when I held my firstborn daughter in my arms, looking for the first time on someone who did ‘belong’.

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Where do I belong? part 8

Adopted people

My birth cousins, on the other hand, have been most welcoming.

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Wife of husband who was adopted

Family

My husband's birth mother has since passed on with her story. I have written a song to summarise her experience in these lyrics. Although I am unsure if her adoption experience was forced, there was an element of supervision from the church during her experience. I hope they are helpful to others.

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Yesterday my life changed forever.

Family

Yesterday I found out that I have another older sister. Mum's first baby was taken from her for the sin of being unwed. Today I looked back at a family photo. What was my family now misses an extra blonde head poking up from behind us... Is that what my mother saw everytime she looked at it too?

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Where do I belong? part 1

Adopted people

I was born in Fremantle West Australia in October 1938.

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Where do I belong? part 3

Adopted people

Because I was adopted the court made me a ward of the State and appointed my Mother as guardian.

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Where do I belong? part 5

Adopted people

During a trip back to Perth in 1957 to visit my Grandmother, Uncle Alan arranged for a welfare officer from the Children’s court to interview me

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Where do I belong? part 7

Adopted people

In 2001 I found my birth family. My Birth mother was 24 years old and single when she gave birth to me.

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Who has the right to take babies away from willing mothers?

Adopted people

The forced adoption era created such a long-lasting ripple effect of pain, grief and loss, that some days it's hard to see past it. The practices of such a time make me feel like a commodity.

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Wife of husband who was adopted

Family

I have written a song to summarise my mother-in-law's lyrics for my husband. Although I am unsure if her adoption experience was forced, there was an element of supervision from the church during her experience. I hope they are helpful to other mothers who have lost the childhood with their children.

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You are doing the right thing ...

Mothers

Do not expect a fairytale ending when you arrange a reunion with your adopted child, the lost years have different effects on everyone involved. It is a very personal journey, and one that bears with it much trauma. Remain strong as you always have had to be ...

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