National Apology Anniversary for Forced Adoption

17 Mar, 2017

March 21 will mark the fourth anniversary of the National Apology to those affected by Forced Adoption and/or removal practices and policies within Australia.

The Australian Government delivered a formal apology to people affected by past forced adoption or removal policies and practices on 21 March 2013. The National Apology was delivered by the Prime Minister in the Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra. The full transcript of the speech is available online.

The apology acknowledges the experiences of those affected by forced adoptions, which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering. It is an important day as these past experiences continue to affect mothers, children and other family members. 

Our Forced Adoption Support Service will be holding a morning tea to mark the occasion. Forced Adoption Support Service Manager Karen Randolph 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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