Don Foster MP


Don signs EDM 92 on Forced Child Adoption

June 20, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Early Day Motions

This week Don signed an EDM to recognise the suffering and trauma that forced child adoption caused. This also recognises the lack of provision made for unmarried mothers by previous Governments.

Below is the text of the EDM:

That this House recognises the suffering that forced child adoptions during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s caused, which took place due to social pressures on women who had children outside of marriage; notes the unacceptable adoption and care practices of the past, such as not giving information about welfare services including housing and financial help which were available at the time and not questioning whether women putting their children up for adoption had given informed consent; further recognises the negligence of previous Governments, with regard to ensuring that the care provided for unmarried mothers was appropriate and that they and their children were not mistreated or discriminated against, resulting in many women suffering traumatising pre and post-natal experiences and children being denied contact with their birth parents; and calls on the Government to apologise in order to go some way toward helping the parents and children who were victims of these practices.