Meg Hale: An Amazing Bunch of Women
The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with Meg Hale on Thursday 13 November, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.
In 1988, as a result of the ARMS movement, South Australia became the first place in the English-speaking world to give mothers equal rights with adopted adults to apply for identifying information about one another. This was history-making legislation that had not been granted to mothers when, in 1984, Victoria passed the first laws in this country opening secret adoption records and giving adopted adults the right to have their original birth certificates.
Meg’s talk will take you on a personal tour inside the ARMS movement in South Australia and the 30 year journey on which this amazing bunch of women embarked in order to find their children, change adoption laws and, ultimately, receive a National Apology from the Prime Minister to All People Affected by Forced Adoption.
Meg Hale is a former social worker and government investigator who lost her first child through forced adoption in 1968. She was 19 years old – and unmarried. Meg joined the Association Representing Mothers Separated from their Children by Adoption (formerly the Australian Relinquishing Mothers Society and commonly known as ARMS) in the 1980′s and worked with other mothers to change laws to open secret adoption records so birth parents could find their children.
In 1987, while she was completing her social work placement at ARMS and writing her thesis, she met her 19 year old daughter for the first time. Meg is the author of Mothers in ARMS – Forced Adoption; mothers find a voice (forthcoming from Wakefield Press) and she continues to be an advocate for mothers rights around adoption.
Bookings by Tuesday 11 November to:
Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public