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A life On Loan

Adopted people

I was 47 when I transitioned genders to live authentically as me Roz. I gained great peace from the alignment of my sex and gender and I’ve found there’s so much more to me than the shell of a man I’d been moulded into and tried so hard to be. I've also developed a love of learning ballet and other dance

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A voice from the grave

Adopted people

Part of my mother Aileen’s diary was given to me.

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ARMS SA

Advocacy groups

Guardianship is the only option where children cannot live with their parents because it is based on truth and birth details, including parents’ names and genetic history, are not falsified.

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Access to adoption information

Mothers

There have been enormous changes in attitudes since 1970 and there is now much more acceptance of single parent families.

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Adoptee

Adopted people

My step-father was more than just a dad, he was a friend. We both shared a similar experience and this created a bond which has lasted my entire life - at least I had the spirit of the father in my life and for that I'm grateful.

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Adoption Destroyed My Life

Mothers

In October 1968, my son was born at the Brisbane Royal Women’s Hospital at 1.15pm weighing 7lb11oz. I was tied to my bed and held down by nurses during delivery.

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Adoption Story part 2

Adopted people

The day I turned eighteen, I went to the phone box at university and began making enquiries about how to find my real mother.

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A regional initiative using DNA to find answers about original family and identity

Advocacy groups

The purpose of Within These Walls is to encourage, enhance and nurture the process of uniting the parents and children who have been touched by adoption

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ADOPTION LOSS IS A GRIEF LIKE NO OTHER

Mothers

" NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF SOMEONE MOTIVATED BY ADVERSITY" The people who did this to us in their arrogance and ignorance, never realised we would hold them to account one day and that there would be a National Apology so that they could hold their heads in shame and the tables would be turned.

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Abandoned

Adopted people

1950 and a young Victorian Federal MP has heard of an American movie, 'Abandoned', that will be more educational than entertaining.

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Adopted in 1955

Adopted people

Forced adoptions must never be allowed in the future. This applies whether people are adopting from within Australia, or they are adopting a child from overseas. I have serious concerns about 'international' and 'intra-national' adoptions as these further remove children from their past.

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Adopting the Facts

Adopted people

Adoption demands gratefulness. Inner peace-impossible! Health problems: autoimmune, inflammation, allergies, asthma. It affects childhood, parenting & grieving. Two families-yet part of none. Life begins with everyone wanting you, yet nobody knows me, wants to know me or sees me as family. It's lonely.

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Adoption Loss and Reunion

Mothers

The impacts of adoption loss are lifelong and the associated losses continue beyond reunion. Adoption separation brings pain and grief that is difficult to resolve even with the best counselling and support. An ideal society would ensure that no parent/child relationship would endure such a separation.

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Adoption Story part 3

Adopted people

When I was twenty, I moved to Melbourne.

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