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Forced Adoptions Perth 1967 Part 5

Mothers

I have advised 'The Department' many times over no further contact with them.

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Francis

Mothers

He is a forgotten Australian. This damage of my son was greater again because the forced, permanent separations at birth injured us both.

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Further success with DNA testing

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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Giving up My Child

Mothers

My experience of adoption was mind numbing and it was not until my son and I were reunited did I realize I had been grieving for 48 years. I was treated with disdain not only from my own mother but with all the people I came into contact with, the medical and allied health personnal. Shame on you all!

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Grief, shame and a beautiful daughter hidden for so long...

Mothers

Adoption has impacted my life enormously. Secrecy, loss and guilt are very damaging. Involvement with the Post Adoption Resource Centre in Sydney has aided me enormously in my journey. My adoption experience is part of me and I manage that by assisting with running a support group and speaking publicly.

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Happy Ever After?

Mothers

We always seem to walk on eggshells with the sons and daughters who were lost to us and then found. Do we have the right to have expectations? Others believe now that we've met it's a happy ending: they don't understand that nothing can take away the time that was lost and the feelings within that time.

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Hearing my baby boy cry

Mothers

I always wanted to keep my baby – I did not want him to be adopted out, I wish I had been told my rights as a mother, I would not have done it.

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Formation of ALAS Qld

Advocacy groups

In 1985, I Patricia Whiting (now Patricia Large) started The North Brisbane Birthmothers Support Group.

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Francis

Mothers

We IRM advocate for the Medical Profession to apologise to families whose teenagers were brutally treated and exploited by their colleagues

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Giving birth

Mothers

I was dropped at the hospital by my sister after being in labour all night on my own not wanting to wake anyone.

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Good and bad experiences searching for origins

Adopted people

Seek the truth of your origins , partucularly if you are an adoptee... the journey is well worth it. There are still difficulties and societal barriers to overcome, even today, but the arrival (resolution) is well worth the journey).

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HELP FROM THE CHURCH

Mothers

The Church was more interested in prying into our sex lives than actually helping us.

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Has anyone acknowledged the deaths of mothers and babies in the ‘forced adoptions’ process?

Family

How many graves are there around the world of ‘uncared for’ young mums and their babies?

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Heart rending loss

Mothers

I was so young. 15 years and 9 months.

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