Australian Government apologises for forced adoptions
The most important news to come out of Canberra today: the Australian government has apologised to the thousands of people affected by the nation’s ‘dark’ history of forced adoptions. ‘Today, this Parliament, on behalf of the Australian people, takes responsibility and apologises for the policies and practices that forced the separation of mothers from their babies which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering’, said Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
On the Find & Connect web resource, you will find some information about the history of forced adoptions in Australia – the laws, policies, institutions and organisations that were involved. You can search for a Home or hospital from the Find & Connect Australia home page, or you can explore the resources on a particular state or territory website – each state had its own adoption legislation.
If you need support, there are people you can talk to by contacting one of the organisations listed here.