First the single mothers were demonised – immoral, mentally unstable, too young or too poor. Then state institutions swept up their babies for adoption, disrupting lives, families and often leaving the mother traumatised for life. It was socially accepted because the demonisation was effective. The women “deserved” their fate.
Society is strangely indifferent, both then and now. Who decided this process? These weren’t one-off events. Social Workers, GP’s, hospitals were all very actively involved. A formula was being applied. The organisation needed didn’t just happen. Children were processed into adoption like a factory product.
Who decided that it was the function of state institutions to forcibly take children from their natural mothers where those mothers did not request any such intervention?
Because without knowing who, it becomes impossible to ask, why?
Article from The Guardian, 2013
Forced adoption: the mothers fighting to find their lost children http://gu.com/p/3jnzd/stw