Stories in the news…
The story about 800 “illegitimate” babies being dumped in a well at the Tuam Mother & Baby home –that operated until 1961 –in Ireland, dominated much of the news this summer. Here is a selection of articles starting with more recent pieces about the media’s exaggeration of the story (be sure to read comments by readers at the end). This is a small selection. Google “800 dead babies + Ireland” for more.
All Homes for Unwed Mothers to be Included in Inquiry by Ralph Riegel, Independent, Irish News, September 6, 2014
Report on Irish Baby Homes Documents use of Infants for Med School Cadavers, Vaccine Testing by Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post, July 23, 2014
The Real Scandal Behind the Tuam Home for Unwed Mothers, Michael Kelly, June 24, 1014 from The Catholic World Report
Ireland Mass Graves: Nuns Have No Records From Former Home for Unmarried Mothers by Ed Carty, The Independent, UK, June 5, 2014
Mass Grave of 796 Babies Found in Septic Tank at Catholic Orphanage in Tuam, Galway, Belfast Telegraph, UK, June 4, 2014
Report: Mass Grave of Babies, Dead for Decades, found in Irish Home for Unwed Mothers, CBS News, June 3, 2014
Nearly 800 Dead Babies Found in Septic Tank in Ireland, Aljazeera America, International, June 3, 2014
Overseas Adoptions rise for Black American Children, by Sophie Brown for CNN, Sept 17, 2013
FIVE PART SERIES – BY REUTER’S REPORTER MEGAN TWOHEY CALLED “THE CHILD EXCHANGE” ABOUT AN UNDERGROUND MARKET FOR ADOPTION CHILDREN THAT ARE “RE-HOMED” BY PARENTS WHO NO LONGER WANT THEM.
A GREAT INVESTIGATIVE REPORT ON THE UNREGULATED WORLD OF ADOPTION . THIS ONE WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF.
PBS NEWS HOUR VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN TWOHEY, THE REUTER’S REPORTER WHO BROKE THE STORY ABOUT
RE-HOMING ADOPTEES. (see info about 5 part series above)
Articles from around the world that primarily address forced adoptions from the 1950s and 60s
Since an Australian Senate committee handed down the results of its 18 month investigation into forced adoption practices in Australia, both the Australian and Canadian press have been filled with articles and stories of coercive adoption practices that took place in the respective countries from the mid-1940s onward and now articles are starting to appear in the US media (Dan Rather Reports). Check back for links to more articles.
Video of Honorable Julia Gillard delivering the official apology for forced adoptions in Australia
http://article.wn.com/view/2013/03/21/Australian_Prime_Minister_Apologizes_For_Forced_Adoption_Pol/ – /video
NSW (New South Wales) says sorry for forced adoptions
The Australian News, Sept. 20, 2012
National Times, Australia, “Forced adoption apology a ‘significant step’ for healing” by Dan Harrison, June 23, 2012
Sex, lies and adoption
Eureka Street.com.au, March 4, 2012, by Lyn Bender
Social worker tells of forced adoptions
ABC News by Geoff Thompson (Australia), February 27, 2012
United Church of Canada to hold mirror to its role in forced adoptions as families push for a national inquiry
October 9, 2012, National Post, Canada – Read article
CANADIAN ARTICLES ON FORCED ADOPTION PRACTICES IN CANADA
LINKS TO 10 ARTICLES Published by the National Post
Dan Rather Reports “Abducted Generations?” a 1 hour documentary is now available on iTunes for $1.99
(Includes interview with Ann Fessler)
Go to the iTunes Store, enter Dan Rather Reports in the search box in the upper right corner
When window opens, choose a season and episode by title and date. The documentary will download into iTunes on your computer and you can access under TV Shows on the menu to the left.
If you have not downloaded material from iTunes before you will have to generate an Apple ID and password and provide your credit card information. If you cannot access the iTunes store from your computer — ask a friend who can and watch on their computer.
The program was updated to include new developments in Canada and rebroadcast on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 8 PM.
Article by Dan Rather — Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – YAHOO NEWS
OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD — story about recent corrupt adoption practice
Nigerian’s battle to keep her baby
September 25, 2012, BBC News AFRICA