International Campaigns

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We were very happy to witness the Australian government apology from Julia Gillard on 21st March 2013, a landmark victory for all those affected by adoption all over the world.

National Apology for Forced Adoptions from Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia
Julia Gillard – full apology speech
(21st March 2013)

Formal apology to people affected:
National apology to people affected by forced adoption practices
(21st March 2013)

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Flemish Apology:


19 July 2018
Report calls on Ottawa to apologize to unwed mothers forced to give up babies after Second World War
[ link to main article ]

This website lists the homes women were sent to and allows them to share their story.
Mums the Word

Canadian Council of Natural Mothers
Areas for Consideration of the Inquiry into the Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices: Submission (PDF).

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A panel has now called for a public inquiry to be held into institution for unmarried mothers in Northern Ireland, according to this BBC article:  Mother-and-baby homes – Panel backs inquiry, and this article, published in the Belfast Telegraph:  Mother-and-baby homes branded ‘one of the great scandals of our time’ as public inquiry call made.

During 2020 and at the start of 2021, a lot has happened in Ireland, where campaigners are making significant progress.

In the South: Final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes ( website)
Bessborough – report

Calls have been made for an Independent Investigation in the North.
NI as reported on the BBC

We are very pleased to see that so much progress is being made and stand in solidarity with all those affected in Ireland.

30 May 2018

Irish PM apologises to 126 people illegally adopted decades ago
[ link to main article ]

The Politics of Philomena (20th October 2013)

We were pleased to see that the women in Ireland have at last received an apology for their suffering in the Magdalene Laundries.
Apology from Irish Government
(19th February 2013)

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New Zealand

11 May 2018
Enquiry on Forced Adoption considered
[link to full article]

Film – Mums the Word
[ link to website ]
28 June 2017
New Zealand Govt. rejects call for Inquiry
[ link to full article ]

16 March 2017
New Zealand Herald – Adoption by Force – a story of women who had their newborns taken from them
15 March 2017
Harrowing tales of forced adoption amid calls for inquiry
[ link to full article ]

The Netherlands

Latest from The Netherlands in 2021 – now the women are fighting back.

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