On 21 March 2013, the Australian Government delivered a formal apology to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices. The National Apology was delivered by the Prime Minister in the Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra.
The apology acknowledges the experiences of those affected by forced adoption practices which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering. The Department of Social Services (DSS) is funding seven support services organisations across Australia for those affected by Forced Adoption practices. The National Apology was recommended in the Community Affairs References Committee Report.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivers apology to people affected
by forced adoption policies and practices, 21 March, 2013
Read the full transcript of the apology below. Those affected by adoption can contact our new Forced Adoption Support Service on 1800 21 03 13.