10th Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions, 21 March 201329 March 2023
Tuesday 21 March marked the 10th anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions.
The National Apology acknowledged the lifelong pain and suffering associated with forced adoption practices and committed to supporting all those affected to get the help they need.
Those affected by these experiences have not been forgotten. The 10th Anniversary was a date of national significance for a large number of people. To mark this important milestone, the Government hosted commemorative activities in Canberra on 21 and 22 March 2023.
The commemoration brought together people directly affected, along with those who tirelessly worked, and continue to work, as supporters of the forced adoptions community.
The program of events to commemorate the 10th Anniversary consisted of:
- A commemorative dinner on 21 March 2023, and
- A statement on significant matters in the House of Representatives on the morning of 22 March 2023.
It also aimed to bring national attention to the truth of the mothers, children and fathers who today still live with the consequences of this trauma.
Read the transcript from the formal proceedings and speeches from the Commemorative Dinner for the 10th anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions.
The Forced Adoption Support Service national helpline can be contacted on 1800 21 03 13.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton acknowledge the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions in the House of Representatives on 21 March 2023
Watch The Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth give the Statement on Significant matters in the House of Representatives on the morning of 22 March 2023
Warning: the video contains content relating to forced adoption practices and the removal of children and may be distressing for some people.
If this video raises concerns for you, please seek support from the Forced Adoption Support Services national help line on 1800 21 03 13, Lifeline 24/7 Crisis Support on 13 11 14 or 13YARN (13 92 76).