What does it mean to be part of a community without access to your birthing stories? Dr Jacynta Krakouer, a Mineng Noongar social worker and Dr Indigo Willing, a sociologist and adoptee from Vietnam contribute a powerful discussion about the history and politics of out-of-home care and inter-country adoption addressing justice, kinship, and belonging. Jacynta and Indigo bring their lived experience and their community advocacy into dialogue with a critical analysis of the institutions and mindsets that underpin how children are born in the lands now known as Australia.
Links to Jacynta's work
Separated at birth: Racism and unconscious bias in perinatal health services
The Family Matters report 2022
First Nations families need support to stay together, before we create another Stolen Generation
First Nations children are still being removed at disproportionate rates. Cultural assumptions about parenting need to change
Links to Indi's work
Siren Spotlight: Hybrid academic careers in sport—bridging scholarship, community, and consultancy work
Podcast interview on The Vietnamese with Kenneth Nguyen
Erika Hayasaki presents "Somewhere Sisters" with Indigo Willing
We Skate Queensland
Music in this episode includes ‘Developing Peace Health Wellness’ by Luca Tomassini, and ‘Native American Dream’ by AudioLion used under an Audio Standard Licence from Adobe Stock.
Birthing and Justice is written and produced by Dr Ruth De Souza on the traditional and unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. Sound editing by Olivia Smith.