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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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Wife of husband who was adopted

Family

My husband's birth mother has since passed on with her story. I have written a song to summarise her experience in these lyrics. Although I am unsure if her adoption experience was forced, there was an element of supervision from the church during her experience. I hope they are helpful to others.

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Yesterday my life changed forever.

Family

Yesterday I found out that I have another older sister. Mum's first baby was taken from her for the sin of being unwed. Today I looked back at a family photo. What was my family now misses an extra blonde head poking up from behind us... Is that what my mother saw everytime she looked at it too?

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You can't win

Mothers

"You committed a crime against society, and just because society has changed the rules, it doesn't lessen the crime."

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You search for the face of your precious baby

Family

Forever you live with a hole bored through your heart and soul; you search for the face of your precious baby in the face of others every day of your life; you silently weep on her birthday, Christmas - any time when the waves crash..... Time does NOT heal these wounds.

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bundle of joy

Family

No one ever told my mother there was a Commonwealth benefit she could have received to support Helen and herself.

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leading up to the birth

Mothers

Relinqueshing a child was an act of love

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Who has the right to take babies away from willing mothers?

Adopted people

The forced adoption era created such a long-lasting ripple effect of pain, grief and loss, that some days it's hard to see past it. The practices of such a time make me feel like a commodity.

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Wife of husband who was adopted

Family

I have written a song to summarise my mother-in-law's lyrics for my husband. Although I am unsure if her adoption experience was forced, there was an element of supervision from the church during her experience. I hope they are helpful to other mothers who have lost the childhood with their children.

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You are doing the right thing ...

Mothers

Do not expect a fairytale ending when you arrange a reunion with your adopted child, the lost years have different effects on everyone involved. It is a very personal journey, and one that bears with it much trauma. Remain strong as you always have had to be ...

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You don't know what you don't know.

Adopted people

Medical history can't be written and handed over, it has to be absorbed. People often don't realise the relevance until the information is needed.

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born lost found cruisin my ride of adoption

Adopted people

my experience of adoption has been good and bad i think im better for it..i think its a hard road but if your survivng thats ok..the fear of abandonment is always there its a constant..its made who i am its moulded and shaped me..thank GOD ive made it so far

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late discovery

Adopted people

My experience involves parental secrecy of my adoptive status and my discovery of this at age 21. I reflect on the effect secrecy had on my childhood development and the ability to effectively build body image and a secure personality. Attched Link to my PhD thesis and other published material.

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survivng adoption my story

Adopted people

being born being adopted learning about life blessngs and curses ups and down hot and cold i have lived learned loved hated and been inbetween i have a richh perception of life and have seen humanity at many different turns adoption has changed me..

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