Almost 50 years later and the secrets surrounding the adoption scandal are brought to the surface.
From the end of the Second World War up to the early 1970s, half a million young, unmarried and pregnant girls were pressured to give up their babies for adoption. Having been told that their actions were morally wrong and that they should be ‘ashamed’ to be pregnant, the girls felt they had no choice other than to surrender their children.
With thousands of women finally deciding to break their silence – the truth about the harsh and unjust conditions these women faced at Church mother-and-baby homes has been revealed. It is a dark period in Britain’s social history and one that is regretted by Head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who apologises for “the grief and pain caused by the giving up of a child through adoption”. How will the women who were forced to give up their children react to the apology? Would a public inquiry help heal wounds? Make up your own mind, tonight.
Britain’s Adoption Scandal: Breaking the Silence showing on ITV 9 November at 9pm.