Historic apology to victims of forced adoptions

Tasmania has taken a historic step towards healing past injustices by delivering a formal apology to mothers, fathers and their children, who are now adults, hurt by the past practice of forced adoptions.

The apology was given on behalf of the Tasmanian community in Parliament on 18 October 2012.

Parliamentarians acknowledged that forced adoptions were immoral and illegal, and offered the community’s unreserved and sincere apology to those affected.

The State Government has announced it will provide free access to specialised counselling and support through Relationships Australia. Free access to records of those affected will be available through DHHS Adoption Information Services.

Those affected by past adoption practices can seek support by contacting Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277 or Adoption Information Services on 6233 2273.

For more information visit our Adoptions and Permanency Services page.