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The right to family life: adoption of children of unmarried women 1949-1976

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has launched a new inquiry to understand the experiences of unmarried women whose children were adopted between 1949 and 1976.

The inquiry will examine whether adoption processes respected the human rights, as we understand them now, of the mothers and children who experienced them, as well as the lasting consequences on their lives.

The inquiry will cover a range of practices that led to the children of unmarried mothers being adopted. The scope of the inquiry will specifically cover issues arising from cases which took place during the time period between the Adoption of Children Act 1949 and the Adoption Act 1976.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights invites submissions on the following questions by 28 October:

For more information about the inquiry and how to make submissions to the Committee, click here.

26/9/21