Give a genuine apology to the victims of Forced Adoption Practices
  • Petitioned Northern Territory Government

This petition was delivered to:

Chief Minister's Office
Northern Territory Government
Minister for FACS
Alison Anderson

Give a genuine apology to the victims of Forced Adoption Practices

    1. Nikki Caulfield
    2. Petition by

      Nikki Caulfield

      Darwin, Australia

URGENT UPDATE: It's heartbreaking for me to report that the Territory Government has reneged on its promise to offer an apology for forced adoption practices. I was in Canberra yesterday - listening to the Prime Minister's apology- when I got the news. Let's keep fighting and make sure the Territory joins with the Federal Government and other states in apologising for forced adoptions.

Forced Adoption ruined lives and destroyed families. People affected by those policies and practices live with the trauma for the rest of their lives. No-one had the right to decide, for another person, whether they were fit to be a parent based on their marital status or age. No-one had the right to tell mothers that "If they really loved their baby, they would give it away". Nor were those policies and practices "in the best interests of the child". Welfare/social worker manuals dating back to the 1950's state quite clearly that removing a newborn from their mother at birth would cause damage to both mother and child - yet this was routinely ignored. Many cases in the NT were aboriginal mothers already disenfranchised by Stolen Generation policies. Stolen from their parents as young children, only to have their own babies stolen from them at birth.

Help us to ease the pain that survivors still deal with on a daily basis. Give your support and let's show the NT Government that this is a serious issue that urgently needs to be addressed. "Sorry" is more than just a word, it's recognition that this travesty should never have been allowed to occur in the first place!

To:
Northern Territory Government, Chief Minister's Office
Alison Anderson, Minister for FACS
Give a genuine apology to the victims of Forced Adoption Practices. Follow the precedent that the NT Government set when they apologised for the Stolen Generation in 2001.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. NSW Government is starting the "baby scoop" again!!

      Nikki Caulfield
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone, Once again, I'd like to thank you for your support in relation to my petition asking the NT Government to apologise to victims of forced adoption. I must ask you for your help once more. It has been brought to my attention that the NSW Government, who have already given an apology, intends to bring in legislation that will potentially bring about a new era of forced adoptions! Please, please follow this link and let them know that this is completely unacceptable - http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/opposing-the-nsw-government-s-anti-extended-family-reform-for-the-rapid-adoption-of-non-indigenous-australians. Adoption, and especially adoption outside of the natural family, hurts everyone. We are trying to stop this absurdity, not bring about a new era of tragedy. We don't have much time to force the NSW gov/FACS to extend the deadline on this so every signature DOES count! I thank you in advance for your help. It means alot to every Australian affected.

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. NT Government made a public announcement on Forced Adoption Apology

      Nikki Caulfield
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Everyone. I wanted to thank you all personally for your amazing support!! This has been a real roller-coaster of emotions and I don't think I'd have been able to stay so committed to this cause without your help. Your comments have brought more than one tear to my eye on many occasions and I sincerely thank you all from the very bottom of my heart. We still have a long way to go and there are alot of issues we need to confront to make this apology work, but you have proved that we do not stand alone and, for that, I can't thank you enough!!!

    4. Reached 500 signatures

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    • penny wyatt SURREY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago
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    • michael morrison AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      i have friends who were stolen

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    • Donna Campbell AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Once again, how can we move forward, together as a nation if some believe that the stolen generation is a myth! was Rudds appology sincere? because thats all it was, it went no further than that day. This country needs to recognise the past wrongs and the torment people still feel today from their pains. RECOGNITION - UNDERSTANDING - HEALING

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    • Donna Kawane ROCKHAMPTON, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      i was forced to give my baby up at birth I know only too well the devastating effect it can have

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    • John Little AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      An apology is the essential beginning to recognising the terrible wrongs of our authorities ill concieved past practices

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