Women whose babies were forcibly removed and adopted have accused the state government of insensitivity over parts of last week's apology for the practice, and for giving funds for counselling to an organisation associated with forced adoptions.
In a series of letters to the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, and the Community Services Minister, Pru Goward, several women have criticised the apology wording and the allocation of $900,000 funding to the Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC), which is government-funded and run by the Benevolent Society.
The Benevolent Society has admitted to and apologised for its role in forced adoptions.
Christine Cole, the convener of the Apology Alliance, said the apology was ''hastily organised'' and that there had been inadequate consultation.
''Nor do I consider privileging a government-funded organisation originally staffed by those responsible for the theft of our children adequate,'' she wrote, adding independent trauma counselling was needed.
Another mother, Robin Turner, wrote: ''I feel that being sent to PARC is the equivalent of asking a rape victim to go to the rapist's parents for counselling.''
Ms Turner was told her son died in Crown Street Women's Hospital in 1967 shortly after he was born, only to discover decades later he had been adopted.
Dr Geoff Rickarby, a psychiatrist who has counselled hundreds of women affected by forced adoptions, said the government should have consulted the women better about the mental health services they need and trust.
''Or some of the money should have been used to train psychologists and social workers in what happened to these mothers, what type of post traumatic stress disorder they suffer from, what particular type of pathological grief,'' he said.
Last Thursday's apology was warmly and gratefully accepted by many women and their families. Ms Turner said she was particularly touched by the minute's silence offered by all parliamentarians.
Yesterday Ms Goward defended the allocation of the funds and said the apology was overwhelmingly well-received.
A spokeswoman for the Benevolent Society said its counsellors were trained to deal with trauma, grief and post traumatic stress disorder and that ''on the rare occasion that someone has felt uncomfortable receiving counselling from our service, we have taken great care to help them find alternative, qualified counselling and support''.
The opposition community services spokeswoman, Barbara Perry, said mothers had told her ''that to give money to organisations, however worthwhile, that were involved in removing babies, is a real impediment to them using these services.''