"Stolen generations" generally refers to those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children of Australia who were forcibly taken from their natural homes and placed in "white" homes. These children were from all areas of Australia: cities, towns, the outback - anywhere that the indigenous people lived.
The Stolen Generations generally refers to those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia who were forcibly taken from their parents and placed in white homes. However, it is worthwhile noting that children have experienced being stolen en masse from their homes and families in several other countries through the centuries.
The expression "Stolen Generation" is an emotive phrase used to peddle a cause for certain interest groups. The children labelled as the stolen generation, were removed from drunk, violent or abusive parents and put into foster homes. When the same thing happens to non-Aboriginal children, it is called a"Duty of Care".
What impact did the removal of Aboriginal children have on Aboriginal families and the children themselves?
Children as young as babies were stolen from their families to be placed in girls and boys homes, foster families or missions. At the age of 18 they were 'released' into white society, often scarred for life by their experiences. Today these Aboriginal people are collectively known as the 'Stolen Generations' because several generations were affected. Many Aboriginal people are still searching for their fathers, mothers and siblings.
In Australia there was a period of time when the Australian government decided that the indigenous parents of Australian aboriginal were not fit to raise their own children. Laws in Australia were designed to totally demoralize and break the indigenous population. they were not counted in the census they were not allowed to own land they were virtually enslaved to station owners or put on missions. I was told at school that these people wer…