One Family / Cherish 40th Anniversary

The Pillar Room at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1, Thursday 18 October 2012

6.15pm          Gather and tea/coffee

6.30pm         Seminar begins with a welcome from One Family President Mary Henry

Setting the scene for Cherish: Ireland in the 1960s for unmarried mothers – Catriona Crowe, Senior Archivist, National Archives of Ireland

Cherish: the early days – Maura O’Dea Richards, founder of One Family

Social change over the 40 years and highlights of the journey towards a more progressive attitude to non-traditional families – Fintan O’Toole, Assistant Editor, Irish Times

Looking forward: upcoming legal and social challenges – Geoffrey Shannon, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection and Chair of Adoption Authority

Personal reflections and government policy – Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Department of Children & Youth Affairs

Closing by One Family Director, Karen Kiernan

8pm                Drinks and canapé reception