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Happy Ever After?

Mothers

We always seem to walk on eggshells with the sons and daughters who were lost to us and then found. Do we have the right to have expectations? Others believe now that we've met it's a happy ending: they don't understand that nothing can take away the time that was lost and the feelings within that time.

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Hearing my baby boy cry

Mothers

I always wanted to keep my baby – I did not want him to be adopted out, I wish I had been told my rights as a mother, I would not have done it.

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Heartache

Mothers

I have shared but a small part of my story. My journey has been both happy and sad but I feel that we, my daughter, her adoptive family and myself have survived even though we all bear some scars. I hope all levels of government learn that helping families stay together is be a priority.

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Hell is the cry of a baby whose mother will never come

Adopted people

Adoption was a barbaric and brutal act. My mothers and my human rights were violated when my mother was denied medical treatment when she went into labour. The denial of access to me even though my mother had not given her consent to adopt me was an unforgivable act of the greatest cruelty.

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Honour My Losses - Part 1

Mothers

The horrific images adn sounds will always be with me, I will try to channel it into my art work now.

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Human guinea pigs. Predisposition of deviants in criminality

Adopted people

Deviant unwed mothers' sired deviant offspring and 'all must be done to prevent procreation'. Against their will, institutionalize the child, inject the child with insulin shock therapy, and inject the LHRH agonists to prevent procreation.

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I Knew Her Voice

Adopted people

We are expected to be grateful by all of society. This trauma is well recognised by science but not by society.

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Has anyone acknowledged the deaths of mothers and babies in the ‘forced adoptions’ process?

Family

How many graves are there around the world of ‘uncared for’ young mums and their babies?

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Heart rending loss

Mothers

I was so young. 15 years and 9 months.

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Helen Joy

Family

On the last night, Mum didn't go to bed. She held her baby, which she had named Helen Joy (later named Heather Margaret), the whole night.

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Helping others is most rewarding

Workers

Effective professional and peer support services are critical resources to help alleviate the loss, grief and other consequences of adoption separation. As a recipient and a provider, I have felt the benefits of this dictum.

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How I identify as a natural mother

Mothers

Feelings of hurt, pain and shame

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Husband of a women who experienced a forced adoption in 1983

Family

Adoption is not a good thing, for anyone concerned. The trauma of what occurred 32 years ago still constantly impacts all concerned. The catholic adoption agency should be ashamed of how they conducted themselves & took advantage of all concerned

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I WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH BECAUSE I WAS A GIRL

Mothers

I ASKED MY MOTHER ONE DAY TOWARDS THE END OF HER LIFE WHY SHE BROUGHT HOME OTHER WOMEN'S BABIES TO ADOPT, AND SHE REPLIED 'BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS'

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