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WHO DO I BELIEVE

Mothers

I would never ever want anybody to go through loosing a child. This experiance has hieghted my awareness on several different issues and in the memory of my darling Paul will help fight the dicrimination against young mothers and to make sure that transparency is key

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WHO PAYS FOR THE COSTS OF ADOPTION? WHO PROFITS?

Adopted people

So many years of my life I've spent in therapy with therapists who could not link my current condition with adoption. The Federal Apology got me in touch with the enormous loss and grief of adoption that underpinned every new occasion of loss and grief in my life. I feel cheated by their ignorance.

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What these policies have done.....

Adopted people

For my full story of how I was separated from my mother at birth, see this photostory: http://bit.ly/1609iME

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Where do I belong? part 1

Adopted people

I was born in Fremantle West Australia in October 1938.

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Where do I belong? part 3

Adopted people

Because I was adopted the court made me a ward of the State and appointed my Mother as guardian.

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Where do I belong? part 5

Adopted people

During a trip back to Perth in 1957 to visit my Grandmother, Uncle Alan arranged for a welfare officer from the Children’s court to interview me

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Where do I belong? part 7

Adopted people

In 2001 I found my birth family. My Birth mother was 24 years old and single when she gave birth to me.

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WHO DO YOU LOOK LIKE, MY SON?

Mothers

I WASN'T GIVEN ANY OTHER OPTION BUT ADOPTION. THIS LETTER WHICH WAS PRINTED IN THE LETTERS SECTION OF A NEWSPAPER, 23 YEARS LATER, CLEARLY SHOWS THE LINGERING EFFECTS OF THE BRAINWASHING THAT TOOK PLACE IN THOSE HOMES. TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A CHOICE, FIRST OF ALL, YOU NEED AT LEAST ONE OTHER OPTION.

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Was my mother told it was selfish to keep me?

Adopted people

When I had children I realised parents socialise their children and teach them life skills. Thats how they know. Its hard to undo lessons deeply ingrained throughout childhood

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When I was nursing

Workers

When I was nursing I met other women who had been through a similar experience.

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Where do I belong? part 2

Adopted people

Whenever we cousins from either side of the family got together however, I was always singled out.

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Where do I belong? part 4

Adopted people

We were living in Mt Lawley when at 15 I went off to Perth Technical College

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Where do I belong? part 6

Adopted people

I married when I was 22 - and what a powerful moment it was when I held my firstborn daughter in my arms, looking for the first time on someone who did ‘belong’.

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Where do I belong? part 8

Adopted people

My birth cousins, on the other hand, have been most welcoming.

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