Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Adoptee to Hear Apology She'swaitedalifetimefor

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Adoptee to Hear Apology She'swaitedalifetimefor

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Byline: MEGAN MACKANDER

WE are sorry.

Those are the words Kerri Saint has waited to hear from the Queensland Government her entire life.

The Imbil resident has pushed for a formal recognition of the grief, trauma and hardship athe other stolen generationa faced from the 1950s to 1970s.

About 250,000 children were systematically taken from their young, single or widowed mothers.

Mrs Saint was one of those children.

On November 27 at Parliament House, Premier Campbell Newman will formally issue an apology for forced adoptions.

Mr Newman said the policies and practices of forced adoptions by successive governments were wrong and should never have occurred.

aWhile the past can never be changed, I sincerely hope that hearing the apology will help ease some of the pain of people who have been so deeply affected by this experience,a Mr Newman said.

Mrs Saint was three weeks old when she was adopted out in 1962.

She grew up believing her biological mother had died at the age of 16 in childbirth, but in 1984 Mrs Saint discovered the trutha[pounds sterling] her mother had been a 34-year-old widow who was forcibly made to give up her baby. …

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