National apology for forced adoption practices

21 Mar, 2016

March 21 was the third anniversary of the National Apology to those affected by forced adoption and/or removal practices and policies within Australia. We held a morning tea to mark this important anniversary. 

Relationships Australia WA was selected in 2015 to provide the Forced Adoption Support Service. It is an important day as these past experiences continue to affect mothers, children and other family members. 

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert attended to speak on the significance of this anniversary. Ms Siewert was instrumental in campaigning for the formal apology from the Australia Government and continues to work towards building on the apology, ensuring support for those affected.

Forced Adoption Support Service Manager Michelle Weall said the organisation is privileged to be able to provide support services to those affected by forced adoption, helping to reach positive mental health outcomes.

“We aim to work alongside other organisations in this field to help meet the immediate and long term needs of those impacted by forced adoption,” she said.

“Our staff are experienced in providing trauma informed support and working with people affected by complex trauma and post-traumatic stress.

“The Forced Adoption Support Service assists clients within a safe, non-judgmental environment.”

To find out more about the Forced Adoption Support Service, please visit the service page here.

For more information on the National Apology, click here.

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