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# Adoption

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# redress scheme
'Mothers had their children ripped out of their arms': 24,000 people excluded from redress
The Mother and Baby Home redress scheme was sharply criticised by the opposition in the Dáil this evening.
Last month
January 2023
# Institutions
'Four lives were ripped apart': Woman plans legal action over mother's exclusion from redress
Mary wanted to raise her three children, but they were all taken from her. She died before she got justice.
Mary wanted to raise her three children but they were all taken from her, Órla Ryan reports
Her daughter is considering legal action over the fact Mary is excluded from the Mother and Baby Home redress scheme
"All of us were treated like criminals. The cruelty is just beyond words."
Redacted Lives: Catch up on our documentary series about Mother and Baby Homes
'Five grand can't give me my son back': Mother and Baby Home survivors hit out at redress plans
# Adoption Authority of Ireland
Officials warned that lack of social workers would delay giving adopted people their records
New documents reveal that officials in the AAI and Tusla had raised concerns about difficulties recruiting staff in the months leading up to the Birth Information and Tracing Act coming into effect.
New documents reveal that officials in the AAI and Tusla had raised concerns about difficulties recruiting social workers, Órla Ryan reports
In December, adopted people were informed that they may not receive their records until autumn 2023
In the months leading up to the Birth Information and Tracing Act being enacted, efforts were made to hire more staff
Adopted people 'disgusted' and 'distraught' they might not get their records until autumn 2023
Last year
2022
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Catch up on our documentary series about Mother and Baby Homes
The six-part series follows survivors as they search for loved ones, answers and justice.
# Podcast
Redacted Lives: Final episode explores redress and plans to excavate Tuam mother and baby home site
The final episode in the series features an interview with Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman.
In the sixth and final episode in the series, A Living Wound, we hear from Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman
Also in this episode, survivors explain why they disagree with the Government’s approach to redress and other issues
As Maria Arbuckle said: "“Five grand isn’t going to change my life. My son being taken off me changed my life."
# redacted lives
'I don't want to die not knowing': Adopted people share their search to find their identity
The penultimate episode of Redacted Lives follows people on their search for relatives and information about their early lives – and the jubilation and heartbreak that journey can bring.
The penultimate episode of Redacted Lives follows people on their search for relatives and information, Órla Ryan reports
"I'm getting older now, I don't want to die not knowing," Marguerite Penrose tells us
One man who believes he was illegally adopted also shares the impact this has had on his life
# AAI
Adopted people 'disgusted' and 'distraught' they might not get their records until autumn 2023
The AAI wrote to people today, confirming further delays.
# high walls
Redacted Lives: The second episode of our new documentary series is out now
High Walls explores how and why so many unmarried mothers and their children were incarcerated in Ireland.
In 20th century Ireland, the Catholic Church exerted huge control over almost every aspect of people’s lives
Becoming pregnant outside marriage was viewed as one of the most shameful things a person could do
High Walls explores how and why so many unmarried mothers and their children were incarcerated in this country
Redacted Lives: The first episode of our new documentary series is out now
# Adoption
Tusla and AAI given new tracing powers after 'technical issue' arises with Birth Information Act
An amendment is being made to the Birth Information and Tracing Act, six weeks after it became law.
# tracey 1735
Redacted Lives: The first episode of our new documentary series is out now
The Journal has launched a new podcast series that explores the experiences of people who passed through mother and baby homes.
The Journal has launched a new podcast series that explores the experiences of people who passed through mother and baby homes.
More than 100,000 people spent time in these institutions in Ireland Their crime? Getting pregnant, or being born, outside marriage
Decades later, their search for answers continues
# redacted lives
'Pregnant from Ireland' - A term many people didn't know until recently, even the women themselves
Redacted Lives, a new podcast series about mother and baby homes, was released this week.
Redacted Lives, a new podcast series about mother and baby homes, was released this week
Episode one explores a certain term you may not have heard before: 'Pregnant from Ireland'
Some women labelled PFIs were brought back from the UK to Ireland against their will, like Terri Harrison
Redacted Lives: The first episode of our new documentary series is out now
Voices
Opinion: 'I still don’t know why my name is Claire McGettrick and not Caitríona Palmer'
Adoption Rights campaigner Claire McGettrick says her ‘heart sank’ when she received the PDF of her records.
# redacted lives
Redacted Lives: New podcast will explore how families were torn apart by Mother and Baby Homes
Survivors of the mother and baby home system are finally telling their true stories.
# bessborough
'You're a Quinn, you're one of us': Woman adopted to US in 1960 finally meets her Irish family
After years of searching – and having the wrong name for her father – Mary Jo Sullivan met her family.
Mary Jo Sullivan spent her early years in Bessborough mother and baby institution in Cork, before being adopted to the US in 1960
After years of searching - and having the wrong name for her father - she finally met her family in September
'Search angels', DNA and a photograph made it happen, Órla Ryan reports
'€5,000 for your child being taken? You would get multiples of that for a whiplash injury'
Mother and Baby Homes: Survivors say redress scheme ignores the trauma of family separation
# tusla
Waiting time for adopted people to get birth information triples to 90 days
Tusla and the AAI are finding it “difficult” to process and respond to all applications due to the high demand.
Voices
Holly Cairns: Calculating redress based on length of time in an institution is just wrong
The Social Democrats TD says the government’s redress scheme fails to consider human rights violations perpetrated on thousands of women and children.
Voices
Opinion: Last week, birth information became accessible - but the law doesn't go far enough
Adoption rights campaigner Claire McGettrick says the State’s recent conduct in this area must be recognised as a war of attrition.
# information and tracing act
More than 800 applications made for access to birth information since system opened yesterday
The new law allows people who were adopted or boarded out to access information about their origins.
# information and tracing act
'A historic moment': Adopted people can access information about their birth from today
The new law allows people who were adopted or boarded out to access information about their origins.
Voices
Opinion: 'Travelling to Limerick in search of college digs as a care-leaver felt so lonely'
Rory Brown grew up in care and says education changed his life. He’s asking the government not to forget children in care in Budget 23.
# Adoption
Information and tracing services under Birth Act to begin from next month
On 3 October applications for birth records can be made to the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Tusla.
# access to records
Almost 900 people sign up to adoption tracing system - 32 have 'no contact' preference
A total of 891 adopted people and relatives applied to the new register in July.
# birth information bill
Adopted people will finally get access to records after President signs Bill into law
The Bill provides for the release of an adopted person’s birth certificate and early life information.
# St Patrick's Guild
'It's an insult': €3,000 payment for people who were illegally adopted criticised
The payments will only apply to people whose illegal adoptions were facilitated by St Patrick’s Guild.
# boarded out
'This will haunt the Government': Call for extension of MBH redress, or for new Commission to be held
“If you don’t want to compensate people for violating their human rights, don’t violate their human rights.”
Voices
Opinion: Our rights as adopted people will not be enshrined in law, they'll be in grave danger
Adoption rights campaigner Claire McGettrick responds to the new Birth Information and Tracing Bill.
Voices
Roderic O'Gorman: We hope today's legislation will right decades of wrongs against adopted people
Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman reacts to the new Birth Information and Tracing Bill launched today.
# New Law
Adopted people will no longer have to attend mandatory information session when seeking records
The long-awaited Birth Information and Tracing Bill will be published today.
# Vaccine Trials
Mother told daughter would 'get a needle in her arm every day' until she signed adoption papers
Sally McAndrew says nuns threatened to put her in a vaccine trial when her mother put off signing her adoption papers.
Sally McAndrew says nuns threatened to put her in a vaccine trial when her mother put off signing her adoption papers
'Every day you don’t sign, your daughter is getting a needle in her arm and will be screaming in pain'
Sally says her biological father received her home address when he paid £5,000 to nuns, Órla Ryan reports
All time
# burials bill
Tuam site may finally be excavated in 2022 - five years after 'significant' human remains found
The long-awaited Burials Bill and the Birth Information and Tracing Bill are expected to be published in the next two months.
The site of the former mother and baby home may be excavated five years after a "significant" quantity of human remains were found
Survivors, relatives and archaeologists have called for the Tuam site to be excavated urgently, Órla Ryan reports
The long-awaited Burials Bill and the Birth Information and Tracing Bill are expected to be published in the next two months
'We've been totally vindicated': State admits rights of Mother & Baby Home survivors were breached
Over 30 experts ask O'Gorman to change redress scheme so it considers 'impact of early trauma'
# Netherlands
'My mother didn't want people to know I existed': One woman's mission to find her identity
The woman who set up a register to reconnect people who passed through the Mother and Baby Home system in the Netherlands wants to share her knowledge with Ireland.
# response to redress
Government will not oppose motion for review of redress scheme for Mother and Baby Home survivors
Survivors’ groups gathered at Leinster House today to call for the redress scheme to be amended to better meet the needs of survivors.
# mother-and-baby homes
Over 30 experts ask O'Gorman to change redress scheme so it considers 'impact of early trauma'
People who were born in a mother and baby institution but spent less than six months there are excluded from the scheme.
# mother-and-baby homes
'They're waiting for more of us to die': Women whose children were taken react to redress scheme
The Government’s long-awaited Mother and Baby Homes redress scheme was unveiled during the week.
The Government's €800 million Mother and Baby Homes redress scheme was unveiled during the week
Women say basing compensation on their length of stay in an institution is "absolutely disgraceful"
The exclusion of many people born in institutions is a "divide and conquer" strategy, survivors tell Órla Ryan
'She had no choice': High Court told Philomena Lee did not consent to her son being adopted
'No understanding of trauma': Survivors hit out at 6-month rule & legal waiver in redress scheme
# mother and baby homes
'Gardaí returned women who escaped': Philomena Lee & Mary Harney challenge Commission in High Court
The women are seeking to have elements of the final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes quashed.
# Commission
Mother and Baby Homes: 34,000 survivors eligible for compensation in €800m redress scheme
The Cabinet signed off on the details of a long-awaited redress scheme today.
# compensation
'Can you put a price on trauma?': Redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes ready
The Cabinet is set to sign off on the details of a long-awaited redress scheme later today.
# Adoption
40 years of nothing, then a message saying 'I'm your son': Mother & son reunite after 4 decades
A Facebook friend request earlier this year changed Maria Arbuckle’s life forever.
Maria Arbuckle was sent from Armagh to St Patrick's mother and baby home in Dublin in 1981
She spent the next four decades trying to find her son, Paul
A Facebook friend request earlier this year changed her life forever, Órla Ryan reports
UN experts warn Burials Bill may 'create obstacles' to examining deaths at Mother & Baby Homes
'Four years on and still no action': Call for Tuam mother and baby home site to be excavated
# Tuam
UN experts warn Burials Bill may 'create obstacles' to examining deaths at Mother & Baby Homes
The proposed legislation raises “serious concerns in relation to the State’s compliance with its international legal obligations”, the groups note.
# Adoption
Illegal adoptees 'forced to break the law' by using their falsified birth certificates
An Oireachtas committee heard from a number of representative groups today.