All posts tagged: adoption

Adopting a Spirit of Adoption

What do John Lennon, Moses, Faith Hill and my Aunt Jenny have in common?  Nelson Mandela, Truman Capote, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Jobs, Edgar Allan Poe and Superman also share the commonality. They were adopted. Friday will mark one year since then Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised for the scourge that was forced adoption.  For the victims – the mothers, fathers, children, siblings and extended family affected by the practice of forced adoption carried out in Australia from the late 1950s to the 1970s – it was a landmark day.  I hope that each anniversary brings deeper healing for these individuals, and that it opens our eyes to the ongoing issue of providing appropriate care for children. There are 13 million children around the world who are without both parents and 120 million who have just one carer who usually struggles to provide for that child (UNICEF). In Australia, 39,621 children are in out-of-home care and 18,000 are in foster care waiting for permanent care solutions.  Yet, in 2012, only 70 Australian children were adopted (Australian …

Love, Life & Liberty Seminar

I’d like to invite you to a very special conference that promises to be educational, inspirational, practical – and a lot of fun! For the first time… ever… Emily’s Voice is hosting the LOVE, LIFE & LIBERTY seminar in Brisbane (March 22), Launceston (April 5) and Hobart (May 31).  It’s for anyone (female OR male) who wants to change culture, support women facing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy, or help those who are suffering as a result of pregnancy loss. The speakers (for the Launceston event) are: Anne Lastman. Founder, Victims of Abortion.  Anne has assisted more than 1500 women who have suffered post-abortion grief.  She is eminently qualified to speak, having personally experienced the trauma of two abortions and with professional qualifications in counselling, psychology and theology. Paul O’Rourke. CEO, Emily’s Voice.  Former CEO of Compassion Australia, Paul has a Master’s Degree in child development and a genuine desire to help Australians fall in love with the unborn.  He has a long history in print journalism as an editor and has authored five books …