Forced adoptions apology
Posted on September 21, 2012
Filed under Sydney Diocese
“As Archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney and President of ANGLICARE Sydney, I apologise and express our sincere regret for actions that have contributed to the past and ongoing distress of these mothers and their children.
In so doing, we reiterate the Diocesan apology issued through the NSW Standing Committee on Social Issues in 2000.
I unreservedly endorse the view that although policies and procedures were followed at the time, it is clear there were practices that caused emotional pain and long-term negative repercussions.
We are working to implement the recommendations made by the Senate Inquiry into Forced Adoptions. We are also currently putting into place a healing and restoration process with the women who are still experiencing emotional distress as a result of relinquishing their children.
On behalf of the Diocese, I would like express our sincere apology to mothers, fathers, children and other family members who suffered emotional pain or any kind of distress.
Dr Peter F Jensen
Archbishop of Sydney
21st September 2012.”
– Statement, with background, at SydneyAnglicans.net.