Despite the fact that the Irish Adoption Bill came into force in 1952, astonishingly, illegal adoptions still continued up until the late 80s. 42 mother and baby homes mainly run by nurses involved in this informal or illegal practice closed suddenly in 1972 when the new Health Act came into force. An astounding co-incidence I would say. But what’s even more astounding is out of those 42 nursing homes, there is reportedly not one set of files available, which is statistically unrealistic. Somewhere these files are hidden away in archives and informal adoptees should have the right to access these files.
The 2010 Adoption Bill was passed without a single provision to help facilitate both legally adopted people and ‘illegal adoptees’ to access files in relation to their birth. They have been subjected to a closed secret adoption system since 1952.
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It is now time that we lobbied the Irish government for the right to access these files. An online petition has been set up at www.petitiononline.com/tinggal1
It is our basic human right to know where we came from. With the release of the film 'Philomena' it has attracted worldwide attention. With the launch of the 'Philomena Project', set up to shame the Irish government into opening secret records on 60,000 forced adoptions, this is the time to have our voices heard. It is not new however. We have been campaigning for access to records for the past 5 years which involved the submission of 1800 signatures to the Minister for Children in 2012 which was subsequently ignored However, this is not the first time that the government has been called on to release records. This was followed up by a meeting by ‘Adopted Illegally Ireland ‘ with Frances Fitzgerald last September, supported by Adoption Rights Now and Adoption Rights Alliance. We were assured that all records would be collated including church records. I have so far received one item of correspondence from Frances Fitzgerald stating that it was being looked into. Now that Philomena herself is calling for the release of records perhaps the Irish government will at last take note, take their heads out of the sand and acknowledge these illegal adoptions, which is what ‘Philomena’s was and give us the right to an identity which is a basic human right denied to thousands of adopted people in Ireland. I hope that ‘Philomena’ will not be ignored in the way that we have by the Irish Government and that perhaps within another five years we will have positive results for all adoptees, with the opening of these vital records. Let’s hope that ‘Philomena’s’ story is at last the catalyst for change which will bringing Ireland in line with the rest of Europe and into the 21st century.
We, the adopted people of the world, who walk alone not knowing who we are, who have provided so many childless families with a child, demand the same human rights as any other human being - knowing where we came from Grainne Mason- taken from Adopted Rights Alliance
SEARCH FOR AN IDENTITY - Ger Willis
For generations, most adoptees were told or assumed, if they were told nothing at all-that they should view their adoptive parents backgrounds as their own. They did that, and for the most part they still do, because it feels right and good to embrace every aspect of to embrace every aspect of the family in which we grow up.
The adoptees always knew that they had a second background, too, the one that explained their appearance, that accounted for some of their talents and traits. the family in which we grow up. The adoptees always knew that they had a second background too, the one that explained their appearance, that accounted for some of their talents and traits.For generations, most adoptees were told - or assumed, if they were told nothing at all - that they should view their adoptive parents' backgrounds as their own.
They did that, and for the most part they still do, because it feels good and right to embrace every aspect of the family in which we grow up.
The adoptees always knew that they had a second background, too, the one that explained their appearance, that accounted for some of their talents and traits.
They knew there were people out there from whom they'd inherited their strong chins or weak hearts, a woman with whom they had shared at least nine months of early life . Hundreds of years of history. Adoptees care deeply about all this.
We need our voices to be heard through the deafening silence on Adoption.
We want our questions to be answered.
We need our Identities to be released and revealed.
We want our Medical Histories unveiled.
Finally then Adoptees will begin to share equal rights to this little thing called "Life"