The Edwards Family Story

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FOI (Freedom of Information) records show that although the Court appointed a priest as Guardian ad Litem on 28th May 1964 a signed report from him was not submitted when the adoption order was signed in April 1965. If the Guardian ad Litem had carried out the legally required responsibility that he was paid to do, having been given a copy of the 1957 Adoption of Children Rules 21 and 22 and investigated what was in the best interest of our baby, he would have found us married.

The priest already had a conflict of interest because he had baptised our baby as Catherine in December 1963. He accepted the responsibility of acting as Guardian ad Litem, and despite the regulations requiring him to present a report to the court, ensuring adoption to be in the best interest of our child, at no time did he contact us.

We were always available by then my Husband and I were living in Coburg, and I was fully employed by Vaucluse Hospital in both Coburg and Moreland premises as a nursing aide, a short distance from his parish house.

It is my belief that the people involved had already decided that if we were kept in the dark about our legal rights and the whereabouts of our child a Judge would deem adoption to be in our baby’s best interest.

 

FOI (Freedom of Information) records show that although the Court appointed a priest as Guardian ad Litem