Help With Your Statement/Share Your Experience

As part of the Clann initiative, ARA and JFMR are working with Hogan Lovells, a global law firm which is providing pro bono (free) assistance to us in compiling statements, documentary materials and legal analysis for submission to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Related Matters.

Please read the information below and click here to download our full Information Form in PDF format.

Who can provide information via Clann’s partnership with Hogan Lovells?

We are interested in interviewing those with a connection to adoption, Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and similar institutions in Ireland, including:

  • Adopted people, including those who were:
    • adopted to the US/elsewhere
    • born in and/or adopted from the UK to Ireland
    • registered as the natural child of their adoptive parents
  • Natural mothers
  • Natural fathers
  • Adoptive mothers and fathers
  • Adoption agency employees, both lay and religious, past and present
  • Former nurses/employees of:
    • Mother and Baby Homes
    • County Homes
    • Other institutions e.g. Temple Hill, Stamullen, St. Rita’s
  • Any others who may have information to offer (e.g. if you escorted a baby on a flight to the US or visited a Mother and Baby Home)

We would also like to interview those who have information to share about:

  • Infant mortality rates
  • Adoption practices
  • Vaccine trials and medical experimentation
  • Forced labour and incarceration of unmarried girls and women who gave birth to babies or were seen to be ‘at risk’ of becoming mothers
  • Conditions in the institutions, including neglect, denial of adequate medical care and cruel punishment of unmarried mothers and their infants and children
  • Burials of unmarried mothers and their children and other women who remained in recarceral institutions
  • Difficulties in obtaining information about time spent in an institution or details of natural parents or adoption process

How to participate

If you would like to participate, please send an email to statements@clannproject.org or write to Rod Baker, Hogan Lovells International LLP, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FG, UK with your contact details which we will use to keep you informed about developments. Your message will be received by ARA, JFMR and Hogan Lovells.  Hogan Lovells will then contact you with a short Preliminary Questionnaire which you will be asked to fill out and return.  Arrangements will then be made to interview you and take your statement.

You are also welcome to download the Questionnaires below and email the completed version(s) to statements@clannproject.org expressing your interest in participating.

The Questionnaires are available in two formats: 1) a ‘fillable’ PDF which you can complete on your computer or 2) a printable version which you can fill out by hand. Please choose the format that best suits your needs. You can find information on how to fill out PDF forms here.

When you are emailing us with your contact details please let us know which of the categories below you fall into and which questionnaire you require (please state all that apply):

Questionnaire 1: adopted/fostered/boarded out people

This questionnaire applies to:

  • All adopted people whether pre or post-1952
  • Those who were adopted to the US/elsewhere
  • Born in and/or adopted from the UK to Ireland
  • Those who were registered as the natural child of their adoptive parents

Click here to download the fillable version of Questionnaire 1

Click here to download the printable version of Questionnaire 1

Questionnaire 2: women who spent time in a relevant institution

This questionnaire applies to:

  • All natural mothers, whether pre or post-1952, whether or not you spent time in a Mother and Baby Home and regardless of the circumstances of the adoption(s) in question.
  • All women who spent time in a Magdalene Laundry.
  • All women who spent time in institutions other than Magdalene Laundries or Mother and Baby Homes (e.g. private nursing homes) because they had a child outside marriage.

Click here to download the fillable version of Questionnaire 2

Click here to download the printable version of Questionnaire 2

Questionnaire 3: natural fathers and relatives of adopted people

This questionnaire applies to:

  • All natural fathers whether pre or post-1952 and regardless of the circumstances of the adoption(s) in question
  • All other natural family relatives of adopted people (excluding natural mothers)

Click here to download the fillable version of Questionnaire 3

Click here to download the printable version of Questionnaire 3

Questionnaire 4: Adoptive Parents

This questionnaire applies to adoptive parents, whether pre or post-1952 and regardless of the circumstances of the adoption(s) in question.

Click here to download the fillable version of Questionnaire 4

Click here to download the printable version of Questionnaire 4

Questionnaire 5: those who worked at or had a connection with relevant institutions

This questionnaire applies to:

  • Those who may have information to offer in relation to Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes, e.g. if you visited the institutions or if you were a former employee
  • Those who may have information to offer in relation to adoption and children, including children’s institutions (e.g. Temple Hill or Stamullen).
  • Adoption agency employees, both lay and religious, past and present
  • Any others who may have information to offer (e.g. if you escorted a baby on a flight to the US or visited a Mother and Baby Home).

Click here to download the fillable version of Questionnaire 5

Click here to download the printable version of Questionnaire 5

Please note that by emailing statements@clannproject.org you confirm that you agree to share your contact details with ARA, JFMR and Hogan Lovells so that you can be provided with a Preliminary Questionnaire and so that Hogan Lovells can contact you to arrange an interview.  Your contact details will be kept in the strictest confidence and they will not be shared with others.

Our Ethical Protocols are available to download here

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions on the statement gathering process.

Click here to download our full Information Form in PDF format

Click here to download our Guide to the Commission of Investigation