Amendment brings adoption healing

24 August 2015

By VICTORIA STONE-MEADOWS

A WARBURTON man who missed the opportunity to connect with his mother after finding out he was adopted has welcomed the repeal of ‘contact statements’ for adoption cases prior to 1984.

The statements, introduced by the Victorian Government in 2013, stopped natural parents of adopted children accessing information or contacting their adult children with fines for doing so running up to more than $9000.

The current Victorian Government added an amendment to the Adoption Act last week, removing these statements and allowing natural parents of adopted people to contact their estranged children.

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