Research with adopted adults seeking information about their biological parents suggests that most are trying to establish their background, rather than yearning for their first parents.
I entirely agree that pressure should not be put on mothers to give their children up for adoption. However, the greater danger at present is that social workers very rarely raise this as a possible option until the child is much older, by which time problems have proliferated, and the child may well end with the worst of all options - residential care.
Professor Barbara Tizard
The writer is Emeritus Professor of Child Development, London UniversityReuse content