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Western Australia - Glossary Term

Forced Adoption (1940s - 1970s)


Forced adoption refers to a range of practices that led to the unauthorised separation of a mother (or father) from a child, and which resulted in that child being adopted.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Experiences', in Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australian Institute of Family Studies,; Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs, 'Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices (2011 - 2012)', in Parliament of Australia website, Commonwealth of Australia, 2012,

Prepared by: Debra Rosser