The National Archives are following up today’s Prime Ministerial apology to people affected by forced adoption practices.
They want those affected to tell them their stories for the purposes of an exhibition and website.
‘We recognise the sensitivities and responsibilities around the issue of forced adoption and feel very privileged to have been tasked with a project which enables those affected to share their experiences,’ said National Archives Director-General David Fricker. ‘It is important to give people a voice and for the community to recognise the ongoing impact on individuals of this part of our recent national history.
‘We feel a great sense of responsibility in leading such a high-profile national project and are aware of the deeply personal nature of the stories that people may wish to share.’
The National Archives plans to launch the website on the first anniversary of the formal apology in 2014, and to open the exhibition on the second anniversary in 2015. The project will also include a national tour of the exhibition.
The National Archives is inviting anyone affected by the practices and policies of forced adoption in Australia to contact them through their website naa.gov.au.