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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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I am not sure who this little girl is (Part 1)

Adopted people

Asking about my father was one of them and sadly back then due to the lack of understanding of adoption issues, no help with counselling, many like myself have carried some of the heaviest burdens and cried the most lonely of tears.

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I became the poster baby for the Adoption era in the 1960s.

Adopted people

The next thing they heard was the screeching of a buses brakes and alot of commotion. They discovered that their roommate had killed herself under that bus. That story still haunts my birth mother and I feel is symbolic of the pain that was suffered at that time.

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I don’t know who I am – I am a secret.

Adopted people

Unless you have experienced it, you cannot understand what it is like to not know who you are and be someone else’s secret.

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I had just turned seventeen when I fell pregnant

Mothers

I have a relationship with the wonderful woman my daughter grew to be, but we both grieve the loss of childhood.

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I had my eyes closed because I knew I wasn't allowed to see him.

Mothers

Nobody talked to me about my baby. I have met my son but the pain never goes away.

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I left home at 16 - Part 1

Mothers

Then the Social Worker came with the adoption papers, but I wanted to see my baby first: "We don't recommend that" Perhaps that was compassion?! I signed, with no feeling of reality in my hand holding the pen.

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I am an adoptee living with a veto which was placed by my birth mother.

Adopted people

It's very sad that I have to explain my personal life to strangers in the hope that awareness might be the key to having what 90% of the population have and that's their Basic Human Right ... knowing who they are. Please take the time to try and imagine how you would feel if this were you.

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I am not sure who this little girl is (Part 2 )

Adopted people

What's changed, what's better? A Senate Inquiry, State Apologies and a Federal Apology due March 2013.I helped lobby for all the above but can you find anywhere were they have apologised for the abuse I suffered in the home where they sent me?

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I didn't think I had been forced to give up my child...

Mothers

I didn't think I had been forced to give up my child, until I many years later

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I first met my mother in 1998.

Adopted people

"Disasters!" - I took it as a euphemism for her having to leave me at birth. She never ever had any other children.

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I had my baby 27 days after my 17th birthday

Mothers

I had my baby 27 days after my 17th birthday in 1974, my boyfriend didn’t see a baby in his plans.

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I held my son for a brief time after he was born

Mothers

I live in hope.

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I left home at 16 - Part 2

Mothers

The photo above is me with my mum in 1968, just months after my daughter's birth.

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