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Sixth Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions

Relationships Australia Victoria
4:23pm Thursday, 21 March 2019

On 21 March 2013, the Commonwealth Government formally apologised to people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices.

Approximately 150,000 adoptions occurred during the peak period of 1951 and 1971. Many of these adoptions were arranged without willing or informed consent, and were unethical and dishonest. The shameful practice of forced adoption has left a lasting legacy of pain on many individuals and their families.

In 2018, a commemorative video message was recorded by the Hon. Julia Gillard AC, 27th Prime Minister of Australia, in collaboration with the Forced Adoption Support Services (FASS), to honour and observe the fifth anniversary of this apology.

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions.

RAV is funded by the Department of Social Services to provide Compass FASS - free specialist information, referral and support for people affected by forced adoption policies and practices, including mothers, fathers, adopted persons and extended family.

Our services include:

  • information about relevant services and community resources
  • support with referral and linking to services such as ongoing counselling
  • advice and support on adoption-related issues and how they have affected you
  • support with record searching or the process of family reunion
  • small grants program aimed at building capacity and enhancing support for people affected by forced adoption.

These services are funded by the Australian Government and complement existing support services delivered by state and territory governments.

We know that the anniversary of the apology can be an emotional or difficult time for many people affected by forced adoption.

Events marking the sixth anniversary provide an opportunity for people to commemorate and connect with other members of the community who have had similar experiences.

To find out how our Compass FASS can help you, please contact the Compass team by calling 1800 21 03 13 or email us.

More information about FASS is available on the Department of Social Services' website.

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