Category Archives: Forced Adoptions

Information about forced adoptions of the 1950s, 60s and 70s in Australia.

When adoption meant forever

If Australia’s forced adoption practices of the 1950s to the 1970s were questionable, what happened around the turn of the twentieth century was utterly mind-blowing. I have just finished reading a meticulously-researched account of so-called adoptions in the 1880s by law professor Annie … Continue reading

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‘Relinquished, Returned, Rejected’ by Jackee Ashwin

A true and very personal story about becoming a mother, losing one baby to forced adoption and another to stillbirth, then years later reconnecting with your adult son and making tough life decisions. Despite the difficult subject matter, Jackee Ashwin … Continue reading

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The other stolen generation: forced adoptions

Address to The Women’s College, University of Queensland by Debbie Terranova, author of Baby Farm, on 10 May 2016. When people talk about ‘the stolen generation’, they usually mean indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and raised to … Continue reading

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Interview with author Jackee Ashwin

My guest today is Jackee Ashwin, author of Relinquished, Returned, Rejected, a true story about adoption and stillbirth. Firsthand, Jackee experienced being a young unwed mother in the 1970s. At the end of her pregnancy, she was coerced into relinquishing … Continue reading

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Why didn’t they want me?

After my tour of South-East Queensland libraries and bookstores this spring, I am astonished by the number of people who have been touched by forced adoptions. To this day the subject remains taboo. Some have discovered entire families – parents, … Continue reading

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‘Baby Farm’ and forced adoptions in Australia

Since beginning my tours of South East Queensland libraries, it has amazed me just how many families have been touched by adoption. At every author talk, there is plenty of discussion – and sometimes revelations – about how government policy … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Story

I’ve been invited to do a series of author talks in Brisbane Libraries in March 2015. Besides being thrilled (and a little nervous), it’s made me think about what sparked a three-year writing and editing marathon that ended up as ‘Baby … Continue reading

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