On 21/3/13, Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered a national apology to the tens of thousands of Australians affected by forced adoptions.
“Forced adoption policies were in place in Australia from the 1950s to the 1970s. Those affected by the forced adoptions – mothers, fathers, children, siblings and extended family – have been lobbying for an apology since 2008, when Kevin Rudd first issued an apology to the Stolen Generation.
Keen to know more?
Here’s a quick guide to the history, the policy, the significance of today’s apology and most importantly, the stories of those who were affected.
How many forced adoptions took place and when did it happen?
The numbers vary wildly so it’s impossible to say for sure.
For decades it was the social norm to expect young and unmarried mothers to give up their children. A cultural attitude that prevailed not only in some church run institutions but allowed to take place – and sometimes encouraged – by government legislation at the time.
There are reportedly at least 150,000 Australian women who had their children taken from them by some churches and adoption agencies from the early 1950s to the 1970s. The situation has been described as a blight on Australia’s history.
Some estimates put the figure at 250,000 women affected in Victoria alone, as a result of state sanctioned policies. What we do know is that it was common, consistent and devastating for the families involved.”
For the video and more see: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-21/gillard-delivers-apology-to-victims-of-forced-adoption/4585972