Victoria to say sorry for forced adoptions

The state of Victoria will formally apologise to thousands of women, children and families affected by forced adoptions in previous decades.

Premier Ted Baillieu said yesterday that up to 250,000 babies across Australia were relinquished for adoption between the 1950s and 1970s — the vast majority from young, unmarried mothers, many of whom were compelled or coerced to give up their child.

Many doctors were witnesses to these practices, and some have written of their despair at what they saw, including one who told Australian Doctor of a mother being &ldquo