Apology to mothers and families for past forced adoption policies and practices

"On behalf of the staff, past and present, of the Hospital, I apologise to every woman who felt she had no choice but to relinquish her baby for adoption while in our care.

I understand that many relinquishing mothers experienced, and continue to experience, feelings of grief, pain, anger, helplessness and loss, and for this I apologise unreservedly.

I also offer an unreserved apology to any adoptees and other family members who have also experienced, and continue to experience, feelings of grief, pain, anger and loss.

I hope the Hospital‘s efforts towards uncovering our role in past adoption practices, our sincere apologies and our acknowledgement of pain and loss will bring some comfort to relinquishing mothers and their families, and be accepted as evidence of the regret and sorrow we feel for our involvement in past adoption practices."

—Dale Fisher, the Women’s Chief Executive, 23 January 2012

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