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The adopted life: the effects of adoption never end. Part 1

Adopted people

Some are not. I was fortunate.

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The best & worst 50th birthday present ever... part 5

Mothers

When one is awoken from the dead (for that is what it feels like when contact is sought) this is the time when specialised counselling is vital, along with readily available, accurate and easily accessible information. To know this was supposed to be offered and that has been squandered is deplorable.

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The best 50th birthday present ever...part 1

Mothers

Exiled to a dark, dingy hole, my punishment didnt fit the crime.I now know I never had a choice, but a part of me believes I could have done more. An eternal question haunts me - What should I have done differently?

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The best worst 50th birthday present ever... part 4

Mothers

Who would I have been if adoption had never intervened in my life? I will never know, because that time is lost, gone for all time. What is the sacred act of childbirth did not grant me access to motherhood, instead it seared my Soul as I crossed the threshold from a girl to a woman

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The cloak in the mirror

Adopted people

I didn't choose this. It was forced on me through an unjust, misguided social system corrupted by false expectations and beliefs.

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The founding of ARMS (Vic) part 1

Advocacy groups

Thirty years after we started, through the Victorian and National Apologies, we have finally had recognised that our personal prison was built by political and social forces and not by our own hands.

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The impact of adoption separation in my life

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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The adopted life: the effects of adoption never end. Part 2.

Adopted people

It is the work of a lifetime, the journey never ends. Birth and adoption were one off events in our lives but their effects continue as long as the adopted life is lived.

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The best 50th birthday present ever... part 2

Mothers

I am appalled to find the effects of adoption on both mother and child were well known and accepted, ignored by one and all, laws broken, without the inquiry I would never have spoken out, so skilful was the process of making me feel like a worthless, dirty piece of rubbish.

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The best and worst 50th birthday present ever... part 3

Mothers

Pt 1 & 2 covered the good side of being ‘found’. This is what followed. The darker side of ‘reunion’ when it goes awry, the pitfalls of trying to rebuild something when there is nothing, absence of support and ripples cast upon innocent bystanders.

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The birth and adoption of my son

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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The evolution of Within These Walls

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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The founding of ARMS (Vic) part 2

Advocacy groups

Thirty years after we started, through the Victorian and National Apologies, we have finally had recognised that our personal prison was built by political and social forces and not by our own hands.

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The journey continues

Family

This great journey is a work in progress

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