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K Rudd ex PM delivering National apology to the Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants

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"...They should be honoured for their experience and given every support they need in order to participate fully in the community of which they are part..."

Speech Senator Gary Humphries on the Forgotten Australians Inquiry.

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Ex PM Rudd chatting with Forgotten Australians and Child Migrant
Jenny Macklin and Wilma Robb at the function the night before the National Apology

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Ex PM Rudd chatting with Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants after delivering National apology

Jenny Macklin and Wilma Robb at the function the night before the National Apology

Forgotten Australians are generally aged from 40 Years of age and up . Survivors of the 500,000 children placed in out-of-home care or institutional in the last 19th and 20th Centuries. These children (now Adults) suffer from abandonment and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from years of neglect and abuse.

It’s not just the impact that tragic childhood experiences have had for the Forgotten Australians./Careleavers Their children and families have also felt the impact, which can then flow through to future generations.

Forgotten Australians are a group of people from many backgrounds, mostly through no fault of their own were placed into institutions, orphanages and fostered out. Some of the reasons for their new placements were poverty, truancy, neglect, abuse, broken relationships, moral danger, runaways and many were children of soldiers killed in the second world war.

Throughout their childhood they were abused, the idea was to place these unwanted or troubled children into places where they would be safe, however this was not the case. Those employed to care for these children were never trained in the care or nurturing of children, neither were they checked for criminal records, it was accepted those who came forward cared. It is estimated approximately 500,000 children were placed into an environment where their lives would change dramatically, no love no care, physical, sexual, imprisonment,starvation, and some abuse leading to deaths.

The long term impact of a childhood spent in institutional care is complex and varied. However, a fundamental, ongoing issue is the lack of trust and security and lack of interpersonal and life skills that are acquired through a normal family upbringing, especially social and parenting skills.

A lifelong inability to initiate and maintain stable, loving relationships was described by many Forgotten Australians who have undergone multiple relationships and failed marriages. Many cannot form trust in relationships and remain loners, never marrying or living an isolated existence.

It is not just the impact that tragic childhood experiences have had for the Forgotten Australians. Their children and families have also felt the impact, which can then flow through to future generations.

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Institutional Care and the Long Term Impact

The long term impact of a childhood spent in institutional care is complex and varied. However, a fundamental, ongoing issue is the lack of trust and security and lack of interpersonal and life skills that are acquired through a normal family upbringing, especially social and parenting skills.

A lifelong inability to initiate and maintain stable, loving relationships was described by many Forgotten Australians who have undergone multiple relationships and failed marriages. Many cannot form trust in relationships and remain loners, never marrying or living an isolated existence.

It is not just the impact that tragic childhood experiences have had for the Forgotten Australians.Their children and families have also felt the impact, which can then flow through to future generations.

Long-term Outcomes of Forgotten Australians (LOFA) Study

A Research Study on Life Outcomes for Children Growing up in ‘Care’ in the Twentieth Century in Australia Elizabeth Fernandez, Jung-Sook Lee, Hazel Blunden, Patricia McNamara, Szilvia Kovacs, Paul-Auguste Cornefert

...However, the late 19th and early 20th Centuries have seen governmental and non-governmental organisations begin to seriously reckon with the dark side of their child saving. Horrific and inexcusable examples of abuse and neglect of children in care have come to light in many countries in Europe and North America. Governments around the world have had to issue apologies for decades-long policies and practices that systematically deprived indigenous communities of their children, and indigenous children of their families and rightful heritage.

Charitable organisations have had to come to terms with the distinctly uncharitable treatment they have provided to some of the most vulnerable members of society, in the residential care settings they operated, and the foster homes they supervised. Australian society has been actively engaged in this reckoning for over a decade. The Senate Inquiry into Forgotten Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children and its Inquiry into the care of former Child Migrants, the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, and the current Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse all uncovered troubling examples of the exploitation and abuse of children who were placed in the care of the state...

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A Piece of the Story

Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission and the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes

If it were not for the "Bringing them Home" report, it maybe  reasonable to surmise 'A PIECE OF THE STORY' may never have been put together.

The Stolen Generation, Child Migrants and the Forgotten Australians may never have got to know anymore about the remaining chapters of our stories.

No gratitutde to the numerous children that went through their doors, when it was time to leave they were given no life skills to help them on their journey through life.

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