I'm 25 years old from New Zealand, I was born there in Nelson , South Island.
My Biological Father was from Nelson, New Zealand and my Biological Mother from Taree, Australia.
He was a carpenter and she was a seamstress, from what I know.
They got married in Nelson , New Zealand, then had five kids total.
Us kids were all made state wards of New Zealand (so our parent is the court/law) and put into care before eventually being put into our adoptive families. Our adoptive families are amazing and gave us amazing lives, we were treated like princes. They continue to.
I haven't really talked about this, only with a few people who where directly involved.
The only thing that I wonder about is why we had so little contact with any of our blood family when most of our maternal blood relatives were alive in Australia. I remember once when I was kid we got some Aussie beach towels from our Australian grandparents and a cassette with Grandad's singing but that's all the contact I remember.
I got a phone call when I was 19 yo from my Auntie in Australia who said a lot about custody challenges my Australian family had with the New Zealand Government.
I made a trip at 20 years old ish, to Taree, AU, to see some of my Australian Family and one of my Aunties said after they could no longer continue to follow the legal channels for custody of us kids she had fostered over 40 something foster kids.
There's a lot I haven't put in this thread but I'm just wondering if not having more contact with my blood relatives and Australian Heritage during youth is making it difficult for me to connect with people now as a semi- young adult?
Any advice would be nice,
Thanks for taking the time to read my thread,