'These are my observations, thoughts & feelings', writes Diane Mancuso. Many Forgotten Australians bear the burden of memories associated with institutional 'care'. In this series of poems entitled 'DOCS' (Department of Children's Services), Diane courageously demonstrates the intergenerational risk of children being lost to out-of-home care. The cycle sadly continues.
Michelle Greaves shares 'A Call for Justice', a song recorded by her twin brother, Mark Torr. It's dedicated to all those who spent time in Children's Homes and Institutions. Michelle and Mark were sent to Darling Babies Home, Victoria, at the age of two and then, three years later, to Nunawading Cottage, St John's Home for Boys and Girls.
Listen to an interview with Dr Michael Davey, former ward of the state and author of 'Journey of Hope', on ABC Radio National.
Connecting Kin is a publication produced by the NSW Department of Human and Community Services which assists people who have been separated from their birth families.
The Betrayal - Born in Innocence Raised in Hell is Wayne Miller's personal history of his life as a ward of the state, resident in St Vincent de Paul's Boys Home, South Melbourne and St Augustine's Boys Home, Highton, Geelong.
Gloria Lovely was taken to St Vincent's Orphanage, Nudgee, in 1943, when she was 18 months old. She was then sent to a foster family at the age of ten. Here, Gloria writes about her experience in foster care.
Diane Tronc was born in 1961 and was a resident, with her five siblings, of Silky Oaks Children's Home in Manly, Brisbane from 1962 until 1974. Diane shares her submission to the current Senate Review of Government Compensation Payments.