To: Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children
Justice for Victims of Illegal Adoption
Carry out a full investigation into the extent of the illegal adoption scandal - we need openness and transparency. Victims and survivors need to provided with supports as they are given life-altering news on who they are and what was done to them. Access to healthcare including counselling services is required. The state and society must take accountability and responsibility for what was done.
Why is this important?
The illegal adoption scandal impacts on thousands of people in Ireland. The scale of what has happened has yet to be uncovered. It throws yet another spotlight on the cruelty inflicted on pregnant women and babies born out of crisis pregnancies.
People have a right to know their true identities and the Irish state needs to make every possible option available to people seeking information, including DNA testing. People affected by this scandal need health and psychological care as a matter of urgency - imagine finding out over a phone call or a letter that you are not who you thought you were all your life. The longer term health implications are also very serious.