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Forced Adoption History Project


The Australian Government acknowledged the first anniversary of the National Apology in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The centrepiece of the first anniversary of the National Apology was the launch of the Forced Adoptions History Project website developed by the National Archives of Australia.


The website has been created to support those affected and to increase understanding of forced adoption practices. People can:

  • learn the history of forced adoptions

  • share forced adoption experiences

  • learn about the effects of forced adoptions

  • find support services.


The National Forced Adoptions Apology parchment was unveiled at the launch and remains on display in the Members Hall of Parliament House.


The National Archives of Australia exhibition - Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices opened in March 2015. The exhibition shares moving experiences of heartbreak and resilience by people impacted by Australia’s past adoption practices. It was open to the public in this space until 19 July 2015 and is now touring Australia in a variety of locations.


Those affected by adoption can contact our Forced Adoption Support Service on 1800 21 03 13. 


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