Forced Adoption: Cameron, It’s Time To Say Sorry

How about making forced adoptions reversible!!!???…

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Stemming from a former Australian Prime Minister’s heartfelt apology to Australian women who lost their children in the 50’s and 60’s to forced adoption (all for the crime of being unmarried), a movement in the UK to see our government does the same is now underway.

After hearing Julian Gillard’s now famous apology to the nation for taking babies away from mothers in Australia solely because they were single, Veronica Smith, a retired nurse who also lost her child to forced adoption in the 60’s in Britain decided to set up the MAA, or Movement for an Adoption Apology. There is a movement already in Australia, called the National Apology for Forced Adoptions (which celebrated its two-year anniversary last week), but none at present for women who lost their children at the hands of British forced adoption policy during that period.

For the 500,000 women in Britain who lost their…

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2 Responses to Forced Adoption: Cameron, It’s Time To Say Sorry

  1. It needs far more than just “sorry” – it needs action to reverse and undo the torts, and to restore the position of the family and child – no easy task. But first the realising of these things is essential….

  2. vivicom4 says:

    This is yet another subject that affects me deeply. Having two of my daughter’s put into care because I was homeless. I was told it would be temporary and that the social services would help me to find private accomodation. I had told them I had managed to save half of the deposit and that the DSS were going to give me a loan to cover the first months rent. However, the social services refused to give me any financial assistance. We then went to court and because I had still not found accomodation, even though I had been to the local council, they refused to help me in any way and said I was not in priority need because I didn’t have the children with me. Therefore, the judge ruled that the girls aged 12 and 15 would be better off in care. Better for who? I had done the best part of raising them myself and also have an older daughter. My life has been a living hell for two and a half years now. My relationship with both of them has broken down completely and they refuse to see me or speak to me at all. I’ve made so many phone calls to the social worker and she never replies. My girls were my life and now I don’t know if I will ever get see or hear of them again. Then I have read absolute horror stories of mothers who have just given birth and still in the process of breastfeeding feeding, by some trivial reason have been invaded literally, whilst still in hospital, by police and social workers and they have snatched the baby. My God. Does this really go on in Britain? I live in Harlow, Essex and the usual strategy of the social services is to keep families together. Well in Harlow, they seem to do the complete opposite. I think they have brainwashed my girls. Bad enough that they took them at the ages of 12 and 15 but I simply cannot imagine how my life would have been if they had been younger. I have no faith in the social services what so ever. It is ridiculous that the courts are closed and parents are not allowed to give out any information but contrary to this, children that are up for adoption, are allowed to be photographed, aswell as all their details on file. This country is beginning to turn people’s faith in anything this government does and I’m not sure why it has been allowed to continue for so long. Campaigns were running in 2009 to stop forced adoptions and closed courts. Six years later, we are still no further ahead.

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