Mother and Baby Home Report The publication of the report into the Mother and baby Homes focuses again on a very dark and painful aspect of our past where kindness, respect and love were so blatantly absent in the care of vulnerable young mothers. At the heart of the Christian Gospel is the insight that we are created in the image of God – that all life is sacred and should be respected and cared for. We are temples of the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge our failures as a church and society to vulnerable women and their children. Legacy of an Adoptive Child Once there were two women Who never knew each other. One you do not remember, The other you call mother. Two different lives Shaped to make yours one. One became your guiding star, The other became your sun. The first gave you life And the second taught you to live it. The first gave you a need for love And the second was there to give it. One gave you a nationality, The other gave you a name. One gave you a seed of talent, The other gave you an aim. One gave you emotions, The other calmed your fears. One saw your first sweet smile, The other dried your tears. One gave you up – It was all that she could do. The other prayed for a child And God led her straight to you. And now you ask me Through your tears, The age-old question Through the years: Heredity or environment Which are you the product of? Neither, my darling – neither, Just two different kinds of love.