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The Salvation Army Apologises to People Affected by Forced Adoptions

19 September 2012

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory (NSW, Qld & ACT) would like to offer its most sincere apology to the many mothers, fathers, and babies who are now adults, for the role we played in the policy of forced adoptions in the past and the continuing impact this policy may have had on the lives of those affected.

We are aware forced adoption practices did occur previously, in homes and hospitals operated by The Salvation Army in NSW and Qld, to mothers and babies in our care during this period and we are sensitive to the huge impact on many lives that societal and organisational policies and practices in adoption have had.

The Salvation Army will continue to work with mothers, fathers, children and the federal and state governments as we seek to resolve the long term consequences of Australia’s former adoption policies.

The Salvation Army has been working with adoption support groups and individuals to address issues relating to these policies and practices with the aim of bringing closure and healing for what has been a traumatic life experience.

The Salvation Army also offers, and has offered for some time, a Family Tracing Service. This service is available to individuals who were adopted or relinquished a child for adoption, in NSW (Special Search Services), in Queensland (Post Adoption Services) and the Australian Capital Territory.

The Salvation Army encourages any individuals who wish to discuss their experience to contact us on the following numbers:

Please call (02) 9266 9781 or email: centreforrestoration@aue.salvationarmy.org.  People in other areas of Australia please call (03) 8878 4765.

The Salvation Army acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.

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