Saturday, September 21, 2013
Protest Demonstration for Movement for an Adoption Apology at ‘Philomena’ premier,
Odeon Leicester Sq. October 16th 2013
Some of you will know that a Green Party Conference about two years ago gave an overwhelming vote of agreement to the motion, proposed by Jean Robertson-Molloy and seconded by Natalie Bennett, for the Green Party to support the campaign by the Movement for an Adoption Apology . We are seeking a cross-party Parliamentary apology for past adoption practices.
We intend to stand outside the Odeon cinema on the 16th of October at the premier of the film ‘Philomena’ with placards demanding justice for the birth parents of the past ( many of us are still alive but getting older all the time). Thousands of women of our generation, were pressured by the authorities into giving up our babies just because we were not married. ‘Philomena ‘ which stars Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, is about a woman who lost her son to adoption in Ireland, and spent fifty years searching for him.
Since MAA started our campaign, we have received precious little attention from the powers that be. We have written to every MP in Parliament and to lots of other people too, but most people just don’t want to know. That includes both high-powered politicians and some well-known women who still find talking about it too shameful and embarrassing.
What good would an apology do? It would be an acknowledgement, a recognition, of what so many women suffered. Many of us never had any more children and many suffered serious mental health problems for years afterwards.
An apology in Parliament, such as that given in March this year to Australian women by their premier Julia Gillard, would go a long way towards helping birth parents to feel acknowledged and able to speak out, instead of ashamed and scared to speak, even to close family and friends.
So we plan to gather asking for justice on that day , 16th October. We want a large group of supporters to be outside the cinema waving their placards.
Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
Jean on 0208-882-7275 or Veronica on 01323-491417 if you would like to join us that day. More details of what to wording to put on placards to follow.
Thanks Evelyn for the information.
ALAS sends our good luck wishes to MAA .
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Invitation to participate in the Forced Adoptions Service Providers Scoping Study
The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) to undertake the Forced Adoptions Service
Providers Scoping Study.
The study will be conducted between August 2013 and February 2014.
The study is part of the Australian Government's response to the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry regarding the Commonwealth's contribution to former forced adoption policies and practices. These were
announced by the then Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard, when she apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices on 21 March 2013.
The purpose of the scoping study is to develop options for service models that will enhance and complement the existing services to improve support for people affected by forced adoption policies and practices.
The scoping study will:
• Map the current support available for people affected by forced adoptions;
• Determine how the system currently meets the needs of those affected;
• Identify any gaps in the service system; and
• Provide options for how to complement the existing services to improve the support available to those affected.
Please follow the link below to find more information about the study.
AIFS study website