Dian Wellfare (1951-2008) was founder and president of Origins Inc., an organization founded in 1995 that supported people separated by adoption. She fought for the rights of mothers who lost children to past adoption practices and counselled countless mothers and adoptees over many years. Twice taking on the State of New South Wales through the Supreme Court, her fight brought about a Parliamentary Inquiry that concluded routine adoption practices were were unlawful and unethical from 1950- 2000.
Dian was one of the greatest human rights activists for mothers and their children who have been separated by adoption in Australia. This website is a tribute to her memory.
It is devoted to her fight for justice for mothers and adoptees. It publishes her research and voice and brings truth and justice for those who have been harmed by adoption not only in Australia but the rest of the world
Dian Wellfare was honored as a “My Favorite Australian Unsung Hero” at the opening of the National Portrait Gallery Canberra 3rd December 2008:
See also ABC TV’s “My Favourite Australian” tribute to Dian.