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Women who had their children taken under historic forced adoption practices in Victoria are being offered compensation, counselling and formal apologies from the government.

Premier Daniel Andrews said crisis counselling will be offered immediately to the mothers involved, as will the option for new birth certificates which include the name of the adopted children’s natural and adoptive parents.

Jo Fraser had her son taken from her in 1971 due to forced adoption practices. (Nine)

He said the grief and trauma caused by the “shameful” forced adoption practices continued to affected thousands of parents and adopted Victorians in 2022.

“We can’t undo what was done, but we can recognise the harm that was caused and provide meaningful support,” Mr Andrews said.

Mother Jo Fraser, who had her son taken from her in 1971 when she was 17, has shared how she was only reunited with her son when he was 19.

“I didn’t know if he was dead or alive,” she said. “Having your baby taken away from you is an incredibly traumatic experience.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the compensation. (Nine)

A portion ($500,000) of the funding will go towards discretionary payments for mothers affected by forced adoptions with exception circumstances, such as those who are terminally ill.

This response to the parliamentary inquiry aims to address the trauma experienced by women who were subjected to forced adoption practices after giving birth between 1958 and 1984.

The Victorian Government issued a formal apology to those harmed by the practices in 2012.

Source: 9News

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