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Adoption Story part 4

Adopted people

I consider myself lucky to have met my real dad.

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Adoption is Loss

Adopted people

My adopted name is Samuel Charles Morley but my birth name was Phillip Stacey Peck and I want to know the absolute truth about the circumstances of my adoption

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Adoption is a foreign country (3)

Adopted people

After such deep seated connections are formed how could a new born infant not be traumatised and thrown into sensory confusion when permanently losing its mother after birth?

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Adoption is a foreign country … a lost home (5)

Adopted people

The myth of the happy adoptive family … where an excess of happiness to make up for the excess of loss in many ways masks an excess of denial to cover the first loss.

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Adoption is complex

Adopted people

I was adopted in 1987, well after the peak of the Forced Adoption Era. Though, when I hear my birthmother's account, I hear many of the themes outlined in the senate inquiry. Coercion from family, being told that if she loved me she'd give me to a married couple. Her consent was not fully informed.

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Adoption papers signed 1974. Reunited with my daughter 1991.

Mothers

The truth? I was good enough to be her mother.

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Adoption without anguish

Adopted people

I have never felt stigmatised by being adopted - It was always just a fact of life. Just like the colour of my hair or eyes.

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Adoption Story part 5

Adopted people

The only way I can explain adoption is to say that before I ever had the chance to grow, I was transplanted to a place where I wasn’t capable of growing.

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Adoption is a foreign country (2)

Adopted people

“I’m adopted”, doesn’t open easy conversations it tends to close them.

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Adoption is a foreign country ...

Adopted people

Adopted people not only have to live with this loss, they have to find a way to make sense of it, often across the full span of their lives.

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Adoption is a foreign country … with cruel practices (4)

Adopted people

What is the worth of a country’s social and moral currency when it cannot protect its most vulnerable in their time of need … the right for mothers to keep their natural new born babies, irrespective of whether they are married?

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Adoption loss, reunion, and beyond

Mothers

My experience of forced adoption was that it was insidious and came in many guises – beware; history has a not so funny way of repeating itself.

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Adoption story part 1

Adopted people

When I was a child, I always had the sense that I was different, that somehow I was not supposed to fit in.

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Adoptive Mother

Family

I am now close to 80 and live in the ACT where I made a teaching career move a long time ago. I am on my third marriage, to a man I knew in primary school. My first marriage failed partly because of issues with the adoption of a baby boy in 1966.

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