Tressa Reeves was allowed just eights short hours with her first-born son when she gave birth in a Dublin home run by Catholic nuns. Her son was given away to an Irish family and it took a 50-year hunt for her to track him down again.
Former Maine police officer Kevin Battle always knew he was adopted but did not know that he had been forcibly taken from his mother in Ireland when she attempted to escape from a Mother and Baby Home.
Book review: "The Adoption Machine" by Paul Jude Redmond - Ireland, from the year it received it's independence in 1922, set the global standard for the mistreatment of single women and girls aged from 12 to 48, as well as the neglect or cruel mistreatment of their babies.
“St Patrick’s had a huge mortality rate. It’s just as likely that there are graves on site at St Patrick’s. One woman described the situation where the nuns did everything to create an environment where babies did not survive – through neglect."