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Forced adoption pain lingers

on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 08:21
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Forced adoption pain lingers

JO Fraser was one of an estimated 150,000 women who had their babies forcibly adopted over three decades from the 1950s.

It was a practice sanctioned by governments, churches, hospitals and charities, and a year on from a national apology to her and others, the pain still lingers.

Giving birth in Melbourne in 1971, Ms Fraser, then 17, was too scared to sneak a look at her son.

Later she signed the adoption papers.

"I just did what I was told," she told AAP.

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But unlike many other pregnant

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Veil of secrecy lifts slowly on decades of forced adoptions for unwed mothers around the globe.

on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 06:23
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Veil of secrecy lifts slowly on decades of forced adoptions for unwed mothers around the globe.

Adopted or abducted?

Most women describe giving birth to a child as a life changing experience – in a word – “challenging”, “joyous”, “miraculous.”  But generations of young, unwed women describe their experience of giving birth to a child as a nightmare – and decades later their suffering has yet to end.

From Australia to Spain, Ireland to America, and as recent as 1987, young mothers say they were “coerced”, “manipulated”, and “duped” into handing over their babies for adoption.

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Introducing the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses - How a government covers up for it's own pedophiles

on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 12:41
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Introducing the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses - How a government covers up for it's own peodophiles

Justice McClellan in this you tube video you say in it we are believed when we have told our story and I was one of many who have done a private hearing , still I was told nothing could be done for me so the perpertrators still get away with the crimes I suffered how is this justice for me when no action is going to be taken can you please answer me that regards, Micheal Brown.

Justice McClellan this you tube video you say that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to the abuse of children is to examine how children who were abused have been treated.

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Forced adoption: a blot on Australia’s history

on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 05:50
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Forced adoption: a blot on Australia’s history

A panel of experts will gather at Monash University to discuss the pitfalls and promises of surrogacy and forced adoption in Australia at an upcoming seminar.

Forced Adoptee: What happened in Australia 1950s-70s was wrong:

Monash University’s Faculty of Law is hosting the seminar, moderated by Monash University’s Dr Adiva Sifris with speakers Chief Judge John Pascoe, Monash University’s Professor the Honourable Nahum Mushin, and RMIT’s Professor Denise Cuthbert.

Professor Mushin is a former Family Court Judge and the Chair of the Australian Government’s Past Forced Adoptions Implementation

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Julie Collins MP - Members of forced adoptions working group announced

on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 11:48
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Members of forced adoptions working group announced

My email to...

Julie Collins MP & Members of forced adoptions working group

I would like to know what this panel is doing about the new forced adoptions being brought in by those apologising for it. Are you selling out and turning your back on the new stolen generation by DOCS?

Kind Regards,

Michael Borusiewicz

Note: When you email the address given below for Members of forced adoptions working group it bounces.


A new panel of 12 experts will provide key advice to Government on services and projects to improve support for people who have been affected by forced adoption practices.

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Elder Slams NT Forced Adoption Plan

on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 13:40
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Elder slams NT forced adoption plan

An indigenous elder is pleading with Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles to scrap plans to address Aboriginal child neglect via forced adoptions.

Mr Giles has warned that Aboriginal children are being left with neglectful parents for fear of creating another stolen generation.

The first indigenous head of government in Australia has flagged placing Aboriginal kids in adopted homes if their parents don't take responsibility for them.

But in a letter obtained by AAP, elder Djiniyini Gondarra, who represents 8000 Yolngu people of east Arnhem Land,

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Community Forced Adoption - Children Removed from Parents and Families by System

on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 12:07
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Community Forced Adoption - Children Removed from Parents and Families by System

Exploring questions around Child Protection

In previous years, going back to 2008, television programs such as SBS Insight have explored the issues surrounding child protection using a range of panellists, including former foster children or children who had in some way experienced the system, representatives from NSW DOCS and DHS Victoria, case workers and psychologists.

Mostly, there is a general consensus from those directly affected by the Foster Care System on a number of points:

1) The system is corrupt and not coping in most states and is therefore not meeting the needs of

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Australia’s scandal of forced adoption is happening here in Britain

on Sat, 03/30/2013 - 12:30
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Australia’s scandal of forced adoption is happening here in Britain

The forcible removal of children by social workers in Australia between the 1950s and the 1970s has parallels with what is happening in British courts today

Listeners to Thursday’s Today programme heard a truly remarkable item. The presenter Sarah Montague reported that the Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard, had issued a solemn apology for the forced-adoption scandal.

Between the 1950s and the 1970s, thousands of young Australian women – many of them unmarried mothers – had their children forcibly removed, often at birth, by social workers who then sent the children off for

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NZ victims of 'forced' adoption unlikely to receive an apology

on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:11
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NZ victims of 'forced' adoption unlikely to receive an apology

Victims of "forced" adoption in New Zealand are unlikely to receive a formal apology from the Government despite moves to make amends across the ditch.

Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard today offered a long-awaited apology to the victims of forced adoption practices in Australia during the 1950s to 1970s.

The Australian Government was found to be complicit in forced adoptions as laws at the time made it impossible for single mothers to keep their babies.

However, the New Zealand Government is unlikely to offer a similar apology as it was not seen to have a direct role in adoption.

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Years of distress after forced adoption

on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 21:56
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Years of distress after forced adoption

Difficult time: Rae Whitbourne was forced to give up her son when she was 14 years old. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS

RAE Whitbourne can't recall the number of times she cried at the loss of her baby son, taken from her in one of the notorious forced adoptions when she was only 14.

Now, 68, the Gordonvale grandmother, is looking forward to the PM Julia Gillard's apology tomorrow for the hundreds of thousands of lives blighted by the policy.

"It will be helpful because it acknowledges that a lot of girls just like me didn't suffer in vain," Ms Whitbourne said.

Her boy, James, was taken from

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