Sydney public forum: Grandmothers Against Removals and the fight against continuing stolen generations
Saturday December 5
2pm Redfern Town Hall
More Aboriginal children are being removed from their families by “welfare” agencies than at any time in Australia’s history – with more than 15,000 in “out of home care” nationwide. These numbers are rising rapidly. Services for struggling families are being cut back and tougher policies are being rolled out that see children removed for longer periods of time, including a push for adoption.
Grandmothers Against Removals is a national network, initiated by families who have direct experience of child removal. We fight against forced removals, for return of stolen children and for Aboriginal control of Aboriginal child welfare. We are preparing for a major mobilisation at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, February 11-13 next year to mark the 8th anniversary of Rudd’s Apology. We have just launched a ‘guiding principles’ document, negotiated with FACS in Tamworth, which if followed would see family group conferencing and a community role in decisions about how to deal with crisis situations, rather than forced removal. But we need to maintain vigilant to ensure these principles are actually implemented and spread out across the state and country.
Come along to this forum to hear about the work of the Grandmothers, share your stories about the fight against child removal and help make plans for the mobilisation in February.