Britain’s Adoption Scandal

On 9th November, 2016, a documentary was broadcast which scrutinised adoption practices during the three decades following the Second World War.

Called Britain’s Adoption Scandal – Breaking the Silence, it featured a number of women who bravely told their stories on camera, revealing the harsh treatment endured by young, unmarried mothers during these decades.  The documentary was made by Ronachan Films. It took over year to make and involved painstaking research and the interviewing of many involved or affected by the practices of that time.

The documentary was commissioned by Tom Giles of ITV, after he read the letter in the Times, sent by MAA and signed by numerous high profile supporters. Tom wanted to know more about this forgotten part of our recent history.

A short clip of the documentary can be seen on the Ronachan website. Unfortunately, the full version is no longer available on ITV catch up.

There is now a call for a public inquiry into the practices of that time.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more about what is happening and would like to get involved in the process.

If you would like to write to your MP, urging them to support the call for a public enquiry, please click here to download a pro-forma letter (word format).

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    UK links

    Natural Parents Network

    Post-adoption centre

    Rose Bell: Mother & Baby Homes research

    International links

    Adoption Rights Alliance

    Canadian Council of Natural Mothers

    Evelyn Robinson

    Origins Canada

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