I was the first blood relative my mother ever laid eyes on

An appalling and outdated law means thousands of New Zealanders still have no access to information about their identities. Bonnie Sumner wants to know why the Government refuses to recognise the terrible legacy of forced adoptions.

When my mother gave birth to me and held me in her arms, I was the first blood relative she had ever laid eyes on.

Her mother – my grandmother – was clearly unable to care for her own child, because she had had sex outside marriage. According to the wise leaders of the time, this meant she also lost all ability to feed, clothe and love her baby. So a nurse took my mum and gave her to a more responsible couple.

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Sarah - Content Specialist for adopting.org, is a mother both biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. She resides with her husband and two boys in Ohio. She is passionate about open adoption and adoption education. In her free time she enjoys cooking, photography, writing, and hiking. You can find more of her adoption work at Heart For Open Adoption on Facebook or on Adoption.com.

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