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"Empty Arms – Broken Lives" Memorial Sculptures


The memorial sculptures have been donated to the Town by the Association Representing Mothers Separated from their children by adoption (ARMS) through Department of Social Services funding, in commemoration of the Forced Adoptions apologies given by State and Federal Parliaments.

The unveiling date is the sixth anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions.

Where: Read Park, Albany Highway Victoria Park


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Sixth Anniversary 

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On 21 March 2013, the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.

The National Apology was delivered in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

The Apology acknowledged the pain and loss experienced by those affected by adoption. It was significant in marking and speaking of the reality of the lived experience of adoption. Six years later let's reflect and remember those still struggling with the aftermath of adoption.

Please take the time to read the Apology via the link below. If you need any help or support please feel free to contact us.

Phone: (08) 9370 4914
E-mail: [email protected] 

Link: National Apology Speech for Forced Adoptions by Julia Gillard