The National Archives of Australia's current website on forced adoption. A new one will be launched in March 2014.
The National Archives of Australia's current website on forced adoption. A new one will be launched in March 2014.

Forced Adoptions History Project to reveal the truth

PEOPLE from the Northern Rivers who were forced into adoption are invited to take part in a project by the National Archives of Australia aimed at increasing awareness of the practice and impact of these experiences.

The Forced Adoptions History Project follows a Federal Government senate inquiry, which found women were coerced to give up their babies for adoption by families, doctors, hospital staff and religious organisations.

The inquiry found many young, unmarried women from regional and rural Australia were affected by forced adoptions, which peaked from 1950 to mid-1970s. Some women who got family support were later coerced into giving up their babies to married couples.

Anyone who was affected can visit the project website and search for forced adoptions, email forcedadoptionshistory@naa.gov.au or phone 6212 3669.



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