The adoption of children against the wishes of their birth families is the most forceful of state interventions into family life. The parents of children who are adopted compulsorily become, in law, strangers to their children and will never again be allowed in their children's lives. For many, the ties to their children are permanently severed.
What are the implications for birth parents who find themselves in this situation? What services do they need? And how should these be delivered?
The book provides revealing and hard-hitting accounts of what birth parents themselves think. It draws together the work of two projects which aim specifically to serve this disenfranchised group and gives voice to their experiences with social work professionals and at the hands of society at large. They speak poignantly and powerfully about intense feelings, anxieties, and, in many cases, the courage to come to terms with a lifetime loss.
This is the first and only study to offer an account of such services and therefore of vital importance to social workers, health visitors and other professionals working with birth parents.