Adoption

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Irish government agrees €800m package for mother and baby home survivors
About 34,000 people thought to be eligible for compensation, including those born in church-run homes

Lisa O'Carroll in Dublin

16, Nov, 2021 @5:15 PM

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Listen by Kathryn Mannix review – a wise guide to finding the right words
From adoption to sexuality, early pregnancy to death, a palliative care doctor explores the discussions we often try to avoid

Joanna Cannon

16, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Pete Buttigieg to become a parent with husband Chasten: ‘We’re overjoyed’
After a year of waiting, the couple will soon be adopting a child

Maya Yang

17, Aug, 2021 @8:06 PM

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Daughter of 13-year-old mother raped in 1970s wins justice at last
Daisy, 45, overcame years of police inaction after persuading her mother to testify against Carvel Bennett

Diane Taylor

02, Aug, 2021 @6:38 PM

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Our adopted daughter has rejected us. How can we help her?
At our core, we all need to love and be loved. You have tried your best, says Annalisa Barbieri; keep doing what you can

Annalisa Barbieri

09, Jul, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The adoption system isn’t perfect, but it has evolved to protect children | Letters
Letters: Anne Porteous shares her perspective on forced adoptions, and Linda Weir and Ann Titman highlight charity work that supports families

Letters

09, Jun, 2021 @4:28 PM

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Katy Rensten obituary
Other lives: Solicitor turned barrister who specialised in family law

Suzannah Dunn

07, Jun, 2021 @9:46 AM

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Threadbare social services have lost the trust of families | Letter
Letter: By the time a family gets a social worker, it’s usually 20 years too late, writes Jean Robertson-Molloy, who has 40 years of experience in the sector

Letters

04, Jun, 2021 @3:37 PM

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Cruel forced adoptions are still happening today | Letters
Letters: Nina Lopez points to adoptions occurring against the wishes of birth families, while one reader recalls how their sister was forced to give up her baby. And John Peniket says it was the prevailing social attitudes to sex and childbirth that were to blame

Letters

01, Jun, 2021 @4:51 PM

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The UK’s forced adoption scandal was state-sanctioned abuse | Gaby Hinsliff
Unmarried mothers were treated with contempt by authorities in the mid-20th century. The same goes for people deemed not to matter today, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

Gaby Hinsliff

27, May, 2021 @3:17 PM

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Hundreds of UK women demand formal apology for forced adoptions
Government urged to say sorry to mothers coerced into giving up babies in 1950s, 60s and 70s

Harriet Sherwood

26, May, 2021 @8:35 AM

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My mum escaped the cruelty of Ireland’s mother and baby homes. I might not be alive if she hadn’t
While writing about the notorious laundries for ‘fallen women’, novelist Esther Freud was chilled to discover how close her own mother came to ending up in one

Esther Freud

22, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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