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K Rudd ex PM delivering National apology to the Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants
Badge is a Representation of the commemorative Medal for the Forgotten Australians.

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It is estimated that over 500,000 children spent time in orphanages, institutions and out of care the treatment they received has often affected their whole lives. The legacy of their experiences in ‘care’ continues to impact on following generations. These children (now adults) today are now referred as the ‘Forgotten Australians’ and ‘Former Child Migrants’.

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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.

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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.