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‘Mother and baby review must probe illegal adoption claims’ - Dillon

22 May, 2018 - by Linda Dillon

Illegal adoption claims in mother and baby homes must be included in the work of the ongoing inter-agency review of Mother and Baby homes, Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has said.

The Mid-Ulster MLA was responding to new allegations of illegal adoption at the former Marianvale home in Newry.

She said: 

“The claims made in the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘The Lost Children of Marianvale’ come as no surprise.

“In my engagements with many who have been through the Mother and Baby homes it became clear that the rights of mothers and children were routinely ignored by those in authority.

“The issue of multiple birth certificates and children being routinely moved to other countries has been a key feature in what survivors have spoken about.

“I have made it clear to the Department of Health, the sponsor Department for the review of the Mother and Baby Homes, that the whole issue of the removal of children from their mothers without consent must be a part of their work.

“There is a clear onus on everyone who has information about what took place in the Mother and Baby homes to bring it forward to help end the anguish that so many families are still suffering.” 

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