5. In the child’s best interest
At its peak in the early 1970s, almost 200 babies per week were adopted in Australia. It’s impossible to know how many of these adoptions involved coercion, but we do know that it was a time many believed single women were incapable of looking after their children.
In this episode, Amelia Oberhardt looks at how this system was allowed to operate, and what lead to forced adoption ending.
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