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Presbyterians to probe maternity homes in wake of Post forced adoption revelations

The Presbyterian Church in Canada has launched an internal review of its historic maternity home practices, becoming the third church to do so since the National Post last month began an investigation into coerced and forced adoptions targeting unmarried mothers between the 1940s and 1980s.

Stephen Kendall, the clerk of the Presbyterian assembly, said the review was sparked by a “concern” for mothers who have recently alleged they were coerced or forced by social workers, medical professionals, and maternity-home staff into surrendering their children because they were not married.

“[We’re concerned] about any mothers whose children went for adoption that might have concerns today,” he said. “Our archivist is compiling a list of documents and doing a review of them.”

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