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Apology for victims of forced adoptions, Catholic Church regrets and more…

Recently in the media: 

An apology was announced for those affected by forced adoptions, recognising the harm caused by this practice during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
 
The Casey Weekly reported the story of a couple helping to cover shortages of foster carers in Victoria.
 
Micaela Cronin – CEO of MacKillop Family Services – had a letter published in The Age, calling for greater protection for vulnerable children.
 
Reports have emerged that 50% of parents suffering mental illnesses have failed to seek help from fears of losing custody of their child.
 
The ABC led reports that retired Supreme Court Judge Frank Vincent has been appointed to head the team conducting the parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse by religious groups in Victoria.
 
Catholic leaders have contacted every church across Victoria to warn parishioners to prepare for disturbing reports about past abuse, and urged everybody to learn from these failures.
 
It has been reported that this letter stated the church was “deeply sorry” for the suffering, trauma and betrayal of trust endured by children.

 

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