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Mothers in ARMS - ebook: pdf

Forced adoption - mothers find a voice

Meg Hale

Mothers in ARMS - ebook: pdf
We know you have suffered enduring effects from these practices forced upon you by others. For the loss, the grief, the disempowerment, the stigmatisation and the guilt, we say sorry.

In March 2013, Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the National Apology to those who had endured decades of suffering. Figures were not recorded but an estimated 150,000 to 250,000 babies had been adopted in Australia in the 'best interests of the child', most in the 1950s to 1970s. Many were taken from single women unsupported by their families. The repercussions for mother and child have been immense.

Mothers in ARMS tells the inside story of the women who formed the Australian Relinquishing Mothers Society in South Australia. These mothers were determined to fight for their right to find the children taken from them through forced adoption by doctors, nurses, social workers and religious figures - often with the support of government agencies. They were told they had willingly abandoned their children and had no rights. But they would not be stopped. From an uncertain start in 1982, they gained strength and confidence. They educated the community and lobbied governments for information to discover if their children were still alive, and they fought fear and prejudice to have secret adoption records opened so they and their children could at last find one another.

Eventually these women were instrumental in changing the law. Because of ARMS, South Australia passed the first laws in the English-speaking world giving mothers the same rights as adopted people to apply for identifying information about one another.

We apologise to the sons and daughters who grew up not knowing how much you were wanted and loved.


Praise for Mothers in Arms:
'I recommend reading Mothers in ARMS to gain an understanding of the history, issues and actions of relinquishing mothers in their fight for recognition and respect. I learnt from reading this book.' - Benevolent Society

Meg Hale is a former social worker and government investigator who lost a child to adoption in South Australia in 1968. Working as ARMS’s first social worker in the 1980s she helped South Australia pass the first laws in the English-speaking world giving mothers equal rights to apply for identifying information about their lost family members. Meg continues her work as an activist, advocating for the rights of mothers in adoption.
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Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Ebook - PDF
Size 210 x 135 mm
ISBN 9781743053317
Extent 208 pages
Price: AU$9.94 including GST
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