Update 25 June 2021
It is a month since we wrote to the Prime Minister and our letter was handed in at No. 10.
We have yet to receive a reply.
By way of contrast, a Parliamentary Debate took place in Scottish Parliament, during which immense compassion was shown for everyone affected by these issues. The Scottish arm of the campaign is being received sympathetically by those in power there. More details on our MAA Scotland page.
Update 29 May 2021
More encouraging news from the MAA Committee!
It is surprising what can be achieved in less than a week following the Duncan Kennedy reports on BBC News.
Harriet Harman MP Chair of The Joint Committee on Human Rights has agreed to look into the matter of Forced Adoptions.
An Early Day Motion has already been tabled:
Apology for Forced Adoption – Early Day Motions – UK Parliament
Please write to your MP requesting that they give it their full support and sign it.
The Duncan Kennedy documentary about adoptions is being aired on BBC News Channel at 1.30.pm and 8.30pm on Saturday 29th May, and again at 4.30pm on Sunday 30th May. The full 30 minute version is available on BBC iPlayer.
A shorter version can be watched by clicking below. It can also be watched on YouTube.
Thanks to all those people who have helped to make this happen.
Today a letter from the Movement for an Adoption Apology (MAA) was delivered by David Amess MP to Boris Johnson, Prime Minister asking for an apology for historical adoption practices.
[As was given in Australia by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013 in the Australian Senate] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hVbokTpYeg. A really wonderful speech!
There will be a news item today about this letter and our campaign on the BBC1 Evening News at 6pm from Duncan Kennedy, a BBC journalist. Another item from him about adopted adults will be aired on Wednesday during the day on the BBC News Channel
Since February Duncan has interviewed a number of birth mothers and adopted adults. He has made a documentary about them all to be aired on the BBC News Channel and BBC iPlayer on Saturday 29th .
All this has happened because despite letters to MPs, a Debate in Parliament in 2018 etc. etc. it has been very difficult to get a response from Parliament.
We have been in touch with Duncan for a number of years and value his determination to make our issue public. He was in Australia when the Prime Minister apologised and made a documentary.
Transcript BBC News Pain of Australia Forced Adoption Policy.pdf (acu.edu.au)
As part of our Campaign, we conducted UK-wide Adoption Survey. Thank you to everyone who took part.
January 2021 – Update
Though our UK campaign has stalled, partly as a result of the current political turmoil, and partly because the MPs who stepped forward following the debate have done nothing to help us get justice, in Ireland the story is different.
With the publication of the Final Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes on 30 October 2020, the extent of the difficulties, prejudice and injustices faced by unmarried mothers in Ireland has been exposed. The horrors which took place in Bessborough and Tuam, to name but two, have been revealed. Stories are now coming out of babies being sold, and of the appalling suffering endured by mothers and their children.
“Babies died by the thousands in these hellholes directly as a result of the early state’s policy of semi-official discrimination against single mothers and their babies.”
“Where is their truth and justice?”
In the wake of the Report, calls have been made for an Independent Investigation into NI Mother and Baby Homes (see video at 4.5 minutes). As reported by the BBC, First Minister, Arlene Foster, has said that a report is “an important first step towards a full understanding of what happened to thousands of women and their children in our recent past.” The many deaths, the cruelty, the coercion, the dishonesty and the trafficking of babies are among the issues that need to be addressed in any investigation.
Though there have been apologies from both the Taoiseach and Tanaiste, their words have not been well received and have been described as ‘political waffle’, something with which are are all too familiar in our own fight to be heard in the UK.
We have also been told that it was the fault of ‘society’, and it has been suggested that ‘everyone is to blame’, which is little more than an effort to avoid stepping up in the face of a difficult situation. As we watch the events unfolding in Ireland, we look to our own representatives in Parliament to set up an investigation, or an inquiry, here.
What happened in Ireland was horrific.
What took place in the UK, was only a few steps behind.