Mother-and-baby homes inquiry to bring closure for adoptees

Mother-and-baby homes inquiry to bring closure for adoptees

The state's inquiry into mother-and-baby homes will help bring closure to children who were put up for forced adoption.

That's according to adoptees who are welcoming the terms of reference for the inquiry announced earlier today.

Forced adoptions will be investigated by the inquiry, as well as burial practices and medical experiments.

Teresa Hyney-Tyndall, who was adopted from a mother-and-baby home, says the inquiry will go further than she expected.

"I’m actually quite pleasantly surprised. I think most people have been included in this, " she said.

"It’s really hard for us because we don’t have a paper trail and I’m just hoping that a lot more people who don’t have a paper trail, that this will give them confidence to come forward now that we’re included in the investigation."

The Children's Minister says the issue of redress for the survivors of the Bethany Homes won't be dealt with until after the Commission is complete.

James Reilly says this is necessary because the homes form part of the new inquiry.

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