Friday 27 April 2018

Why my adoption website is a lifeline for Irish women in crisis pregnancies

Given all the talk about abortion, it appears that adoption has gone off the radar, writes Fidelma Healy Eames

ONLINE HELP: For adoptive families everywhere birth mothers are their real champions. The new website is a resource for pregnant girls and women to help them weigh up their options. Photo: Getty Images
ONLINE HELP: For adoptive families everywhere birth mothers are their real champions. The new website is a resource for pregnant girls and women to help them weigh up their options. Photo: Getty Images

Fidelma Healy Eames

Adoption changed our family's life forever. This happened because of the selfless decision of two birth mothers who gave life to their children and chose to place them for adoption, because the time wasn't right for them in their lives. Today these children are fine young people, one a teen and one in college.

In so doing, it lifted the cloud of childlessness from over me and Michael and helped us form a family. We remain forever grateful and mindful of the huge sacrifices our children's birth mothers made.

This Wednesday we (Minister John Paul Phelan and Prof Patricia Casey) launch a new website, www.myadoptionstory.ie, in Buswells Hotel, Dublin. This site is a collection of adoption stories from the perspective of birth mothers/ parents, adopted persons and adoptive families.

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