Apology for past adoption practices
The Benevolent Society ran an adoption service between 1969 and 1975. At the time, adoption was widely assumed to be the only possible option for unmarried pregnant women. We now understand and acknowledge the deep grief that many mothers experienced after the loss of a child to adoption, and the lack of support available to manage their grief.
The Benevolent Society apologises unreservedly for any pain, unresolved grief or suffering experienced by mothers, fathers, adoptees, adoptive parents and their families as a result of the past adoption practices of The Benevolent Society, the Royal Hospital for Women or Scarba Welfare House for Children.
Click here for The Benevolent Society’s Statement of Apology