I have written this for myself and in honour of all adopted people, and especially those in my community, who may need to feel seen today.
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets…
Adoption related fervor is increasing in Australia, which arguably corresponds with the increasing influence of pro-adoption lobby groups. For example, a Minister in NSW introduced reforms into Parliament yesterday to introduce integrated birth certificates. This was undertaken without consultation with the peak body Adoptee Rights Australia.
A version of this article originally appeared on Angela Barra’s HuffPost platform and has been amended for Medium.
In 2016 The Queensland Government, announced that it would remove discrimination to allow same sex couples to adopt. …
IS ADOPTION TRAUMATIC?
This piece has been decades in the making but written hastily from my heart.
I am writing this in response to a recent twitter exchange between academics and adult adopted people. Rather than refer people to my thread, I decided to publish this.
During this recent twitter…
The bones of this article was written last year and was inspired by a thread I read, primarily involving two adoptee voices in Australia.
Please note this article is not endorsed by any organization but rather reflects my views cultivated from my experience as an adoptee coupled with working…
An Open Letter To My Deceased Adoptive Mother (Fay) for Mother’s Day
This piece was originally published by Huffington Post in 2017.
I miss you. You battled so bravely to stay with Steven, dad and me but in the end you finally had enough of the grueling pain…
This piece was authored by Sharyn — Vice President of Adoptee Rights Australia, and is published here with her consent.
When my 18 year old mother was illegally coerced by representatives of the State of South Australia into relinquishing her newborn child, that relinquishment placed me under the Guardianship of…