Apology to stolen folk

PARENTS and children like Imbil's Kerry Saint who were affected by forced adoptions in Australia will be offered a formal apology from the Federal Government, says Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.

The national apology was the key recommendation of a senate report on former forced adoption policies and practices tabled earlier this year.

A panel made up of affected birth parents and adoptees will have a say in where and in what form the apology will be made.

Ms Roxon said at the weekend, the Federal Government recognised the pain and suffering felt by the parents and children who were forcibly separated.

She said the apology would be a significant step in the healing process for the families involved.

Ms Saint was in the public gallery in parliament in Canberra in February when a senate committee called for the national apology to Ms Saint and all other victims of state-sponsored kidnapping in Australia in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

With her in the gallery were fellow forced adoptees and some mothers who had been drugged, tricked or defrauded of their own children.

Stolen from her birth mother, Kerri was sold into virtual slavery and abuse.

She was forced to work in charcoal pits at Inala from the age of five, and told constantly how lucky she was to have been adopted.

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