This inquiry investigated the role of the Commonwealth Government in contributing to forced adoptions, and the potential role of the Commonwealth in developing a national framework to assist states and territories to address the consequences for the mothers, their families and children who were subject to forced adoption policies. This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Inquiry. Sections include: post-war period policies on adoption; mothers' experiences of forced adoption; forced consent; the experiences of adopted people; the impact of previous Commonwealth policies and practices, including social security benefits and adoption legislation; the need for a national framework; the need for an apology for past wrongs; the need for counselling and mental health support services; compensation, grievance procedures, and legal avenues for redress; access to information and birth registration; adoption statistics 1950-2010; and future directions.
2. Attitudes towards adoption
3. The experience of forced adoption
4. Effects of forced adoption
5. Commonwealth role: social security and benefits system
6. Commonwealth role: development of model legislation
7. Model adoption legislation: social welfare considerations
8. The need for a national framework
9. A national framework: apologising for past wrongs
10. A national framework: counselling and support services
11. Redress for former forced adoption policies and practices
12. national framework: access to information
13. here to from here?
Appendix 1. Submissions received by the Committee
Appendix 2. Public Hearings
Appendix 3. Additional information, correspondence and answers to questions taken on notice received by the Committee
Appendix 4. Australian Adoption Statistics 1950?2010.
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