Saturday, September 21, 2013

Protest March for an Apology in Parliament in England.

Protest Demonstration for Movement for an Adoption Apology at ‘Philomena’ premier,

Odeon Leicester Sq. October 16th  2013


Some of you will know that a Green Party Conference about two years ago gave an overwhelming vote of agreement  to the motion, proposed by Jean Robertson-Molloy and seconded by Natalie Bennett,  for the Green Party to support the campaign by the Movement for an Adoption Apology .  We are  seeking a cross-party Parliamentary apology for past adoption practices.

 We intend to stand outside the Odeon cinema on the 16th of October at the premier of the film ‘Philomena’ with placards demanding justice for the birth parents of the past ( many of us are still alive but getting older all the time).   Thousands of women of our generation, were pressured by the authorities into giving up our babies just because we were not married.  ‘Philomena ‘ which stars Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, is about a woman who lost her son to adoption in Ireland, and spent fifty years searching for him.

Since MAA started our campaign, we have received precious little attention from the powers that be.  We have written to every MP in Parliament and to lots of other people too, but most people just don’t want to know.  That includes both high-powered politicians and some well-known women who still find talking about it too shameful and embarrassing. 

What good would an apology do?  It would be an acknowledgement, a recognition, of what so many women suffered.  Many of us never had any more children and many suffered serious mental health problems for years afterwards.

An apology in Parliament, such as that given in March this year to Australian women by their premier Julia Gillard, would go a long way towards helping birth parents to feel acknowledged and able to speak out, instead of ashamed and scared to speak, even to close family and friends.

So we plan to gather asking for justice on that day , 16th October. We want a large group of supporters to be outside the cinema waving their placards. 

Please get in touch with or phone

 Jean on 0208-882-7275 or Veronica on 01323-491417 if you would like to join us that day.    More details of what to wording to put on placards to follow.
Thanks Evelyn for the information. 
 ALAS  sends our good luck wishes to MAA .


Friday, September 13, 2013

Cancelled meeting for 14th September.

Meeting for Saturday 14th September at Four Mile Creek has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
 We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Our next meeting will be 12th October.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Invitation to AIFS Study.

 Invitation to participate in the Forced Adoptions Service Providers Scoping Study

 The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) to undertake the Forced Adoptions Service

Providers Scoping Study.

 The study will be conducted between August 2013 and February 2014.

The study is part of the Australian Government's response to the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry regarding the Commonwealth's contribution to former forced adoption policies and practices. These were

announced by the then Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard, when she apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices on 21 March 2013.

 The purpose of the scoping study is to develop options for service models that will enhance and complement the existing services to improve support for people affected by forced adoption policies and practices.

The scoping study will:

• Map the current support available for people affected by forced adoptions;

• Determine how the system currently meets the needs of those affected;

• Identify any gaps in the service system; and

• Provide options for how to complement the existing services to improve the support available to those affected.

We are seeking your help to ensure we have the best possible response to this study.
Please follow the link below to find more information about the study.

AIFS study website

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

14th September 2013 Meeting

Our next meeting will be held at 4 Mile Creek Hotel Strathpine, (opp Westfields).
Starting at 11 45am.
Please contact Trish Mob; 0417 077 159 for booking.
All welcome.