Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New South Wales Apology.


Forced adoption victims to hear 'sorry' - NSW

15:51 AEST Tue Sep 4 201

Mothers who had their children taken from them under forced adoption policies are being encouraged to attend NSW parliament later this month to hear an official apology.

Premier Barry O'Farrell flagged the government's intention to apologise in August and his Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward announced on Tuesday that the government would say sorry in both Houses of Parliament on September 20.

Ms Goward urged mothers, fathers and people who were victims of forced adoption as children to attend parliament and begin the "healing journey".

"We want as many people as possible who continue to feel pain and distress as a result of past adoption practices to witness the apology," Ms Goward said in a statement.

"While it won't undo the wrongs of the past, an apology will offer an acknowledgement of the role of NSW governments in practices that we now recognise as wrong."

Anyone wanting to attend should register their interest by telephoning 1800 003 227 or visiting

Register your interest to attend formal apology for forced adoption practices

The NSW Government will make a formal apology for forced adoption practices which occurred
in New South Wales.

The report of the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Commonwealth contribution to former adoption policies and practices highlighted the devastating impact of forced adoption practices on many young women and their babies in earlier decades. Adoption in NSW has changed radically since the early 1970s, but this does not lessen the pain for those who were not given the care and support they deserved.

The apology will take place at
Parliament House, located in Macquarie Street, Sydney on Thursday 20 September 2012 at 10.30am.
It will be offered to the mothers, those who were adopted as children, fathers and the families in New South Wales who suffered from the harmful practices of the past.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope my Mother ,hears this apology, in her heart ,let some healing come to her as she is 84 and I am still her secret.I understand that, I do not like it,but she is my Mum and I want her to hear this apology,
I am her daughter no matter what,she gave birth to me and I am grateful to her ,I wish we both could be standing together to hear it, but in my heart we will be,