The Edwards Family Story

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When I did receive a copy of the birth certificate I was shocked to see our precious little baby officially recorded as unnamed Toohey so I requested the immediate return of my baby. When I signed the consent (under duress) see Adoption of Children Act 1958 William had not been informed of the birth of his daughter. We were both the legal guardians of our child until the adoption order was made in April 1965 she was then 18 months of age, yet three weeks after her birth, when we requested our baby be returned to us we were told ‘it was too late’.

Neither William nor I had seen or touched our baby despite my requesting her in the labour ward, when the same attending doctor curtly responded to my request ‘society will forgive one mistake’ in other words the confiscation of our baby was my punishment.

PLEASE NOTE Two years later when in labour with our third child I was not permitted to sign an anaesthesia permission form, even though I was in a life threatening situation, nor was I allowed to incur debt because I was under the legal age to undertake any form of legal contract.

I have been informed our baby was handed to her adoptive parents within 5 days of her birth, which contravenes the required procedure of allowing thirty days, prescribed time for rescinding my permission.

The respective parties were legally bound to discourage me from taking such a drastic step that would affect my child, me, the father and all of our subsequent children, emotionally and permanently. This counselling or any other counselling was not given to us. Instead the Matron offered the services of her solicitor to take the ‘Consent To Adoption.’

 

When I did receive a copy of the birth certificate I was shocked to see our precious little baby officially recorded as unnamed Toohey so I requested the immediate return of my baby.