The inquiry explored the support services and responses provided to the people in our community who endured the past practice of forced adoption going back several decades. Through forced adoption, also identified by some as forced family separation, a child’s natural parent, or parents, were compelled to give up their baby for adoption without their willing or informed consent. Groups involved included governments, non-government organisations, religious institutions and professionals such as doctors and social workers. Forced adoption practices predominantly took place between the 1950s and 1970s throughout Australia, but also occurred outside of this time period.
The inquiry received 114 submissions and heard from many mothers and adopted people who bravely shared their personal experiences at 11 days of public hearings in Melbourne and regional areas including Geelong, Wodonga and Kangaroo Flat. The final report was tabled in Parliament on 8 September 2021 and is available on the report tab.
The Government response under the Reports tab outlines how the Victorian Government will implement the recommendations made in the report.
Received from the Legislative Assembly on 28 May 2019:
An inquiry into support services and responses to the issue of historical forced adoptions in Victoria to the Legal and Social Issues Committee for consideration and report no later than 31 December 2020.*
*The reporting date has been extended to no later than 4 August 2021.
Redress scheme proposed for victims of forced adoption
Media Release | 8 September 2021
Forced adoptions inquiry shifts focus to Mildura
Media Release | 23 June 2021
Wodonga hearing for forced adoptions inquiry
Media Release | 13 May 2021
Forced adoptions inquiry invites people to share their experiences at regional hearings
Media Release | 25 March 2021
Hearings commence for historical forced adoptions inquiry
Media Release | 4 December 2020
Update on inquiry into historical forced adoptions
Media Release | 31 August 2020
Final call for submissions on historical forced adoptions
Media Release | 29 May 2020
Forced adoptions inquiry launched
Media Release | 6 November 2019