In a major piece of research Ruth Kelly, a social worker specialising adoption has recorded the stories of a group of single mothers in Ireland who have been reunited with the children they placed for adoption.
Motherhood Silenced - The reflections of Natural Mothers On adoption Reunion tells a story of the terrible assumptions society makes about these women.
Ruth says, 'Until recently, it was thought and sometimes even expected that these mothers would forget about the child whom they had relinquished and that they would continue
with their lives as if their child did not exist. It was presumed that they would never want to know what happened to their child, nor ever want to meet their child again. We now know that this is not what happens for mothers who place a child
for adoption, in fact we know that they never forget their
child and even if they are not in a position to be reunited,
they always want to know how their child has fared in life.'