Heartbreak of Mothers Forced to Give Up Babies
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has delivered a formal apology to those affected by ‘cruel’ historical adoption practices.
Many thousands of women – most of them young and unmarried – were forced to give up their babies for adoption until the late 1970s.
The First Minister said the forced adoptions were ‘unjust and profoundly wrong’.
Following meetings with Ministers and campaigners, the Scottish Government last year encouraged people with direct experience of historical adoption practices to pass on their views and insight – online and through a questionnaire – about how they can best be supported.
The SNP government has committed funding of around £145,000 to provide specialist support and counselling. A proposal to establish peer groups has now been agreed. Research is also underway to identify how existing support services can be improved.
The First Minister’s speech to Parliament can be read in full here.
The Scottish Government is continuing to explore, with those affected, the key challenges they face in relation to adoption records.
Anyone who is impacted by trauma issues as a result of historical adoption practices can access information and advice from Health in Mind, which provides a dedicated trauma support helpline on 07741 743971.
The staff have knowledge and understanding of trauma and its impacts, including on mental wellbeing.
Support is also available from: