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Apology Meeting 24 June 2021

In connection with the Historical Forced Adoption Debate which took place on 16th June in the Scottish Parliament, Movement for Adoption Apology accepted an invitation to meet with The Minister for Children and Young People, Clare Haughey. 

Jeannot Farmer, who lives in Scotland, was nominated to attend the meeting with the Minister on Thursday 24 June.  Jeannot prepared for the meeting by researching recommendations for the Australian Adoption Apology. Also, by seeking the views of mothers, adoptees and family members who suffered due to forced adoption practices between the 50s and early 80s.  

Most of the hour-long meeting was taken up with Jeannot presenting recommendations for an apology in Scotland which take into account a range of factors including: ongoing trauma and shame caused by forced adoption practices, the involvement of institutions including health and social care, the woefully inadequate current level of support and the need for new specialised support which is not linked to established post adoption agencies. 

The meeting concluded with the Minister, Clare Haughey, confirming she will respond soon after she has met with others who have been affected.  

We trust that the Minister and the government are giving wise, extensive, and inclusive consideration to all those providing relevant evidence and look forward to hearing about next steps within a reasonable time frame.


We would like to sincerely thank and acknowledge the courage of all those in Scotland and beyond who have been sharing their stories with the media. 

Two members of Scottish MAA, Elspeth Ross and Jeannot Farmer, participated in a follow up to Duncan Kennedy’s documentary, If You Love Your Baby.  This was followed by further involvement on BBC TV and Radio.  These interviews have been very widely shared across both print and social media, in ways that they had not initially anticipated, but that have resulted in a thorough communication of the stories of those two mothers and the bid for an apology.

Contact Us

Our group in Scotland would love to hear from mothers, adoptees or any other family members who have been impacted by historical adoption practices.  

We are here if you would like someone to chat with, also if you would like to consider participating in our group. The more voices the better our chance of being heard and securing our goal of a useful apology response.

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