An apology

Today, the state government of Western Australia apologised to mothers and children who had been affected by the forced adoption practices fo previous state governments - the first state in Australia to do so (and possibly the first government in the world to do so).

I just watched highlights on the news and I wanted to share the story with this community.
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I came across this quote and just wanted to share it with the community:

"Adoption Loss is the only trauma in the world where the victims are expected by the whole of society to be grateful"
— The Reverend Keith C. Griffith, MBE 
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I came across this community by accident and I'm really intrigued by this subject. Being entirely uneducated on it, I have to admit my opinion up until now has been a blind adoption=helpful stance. Anyone care to educate me?



I hope this is allowed; if no, please let me know.

There's a guy on Facebook who's started a group called Anti Adoption Alliance. He is looking for new members to join. The group is based in the U.K. His story is quite horrific.
If anyone who has a Facebook account is interested...


My name is Jen. 
I am an adoptee. I was one of the lucky ones in that I have a great adoptive family. Both my adoptive parents have passed away. (my mom las August.) All I have now is my sister. 

In 2001 I finally got up the nerve to search for my birth family. I had the help of a group called PAC which stands for Pittsburgh Adoption Connection. It's a search and support group founded by a birth mom. She became a good friend of mine. She gave up her daughter when she was only 17. She still to this day feels she was totally forced into it. 

Anyway, my search went really quick. I discovered that my maternal grand parents were still living in the same house. 
My birth mother passed away at the age of 27. She was dating a guy who everyone is pretty sure killed her. 
My birth father never knew about me. He died when he was 35. Complications from a car accident, diabetes, alcoholism...

My whole life I was always pro-adoption. 

But now I definitely lean away from it. I understand why in some instances it can be a good thing, like if the child is in danger living with the birth parents, (Abusive, drug addicts what have you.) But only if no one else in the birth family can take the child. 

I think it is so important to know where you came from. I love my family, but wish more than anything my birth mother had raised me. 
I never really felt like my name was my name... if that makes any sense. And while no one ever made me feel like i didn't belong, deep down inside I knew something wasn't right. 

So that's me in a nut shell, and those are my thoughts...

Poll #1439874 Which part of the triad are you?

What are you?

Birth parent
adoptive parent
none of the above

 Anyone else read the book primal wound by Nancy Verrier?