"The number of babies under one month old being taken into care for adoption is now running at almost four a day (a 300 per cent increase over a decade). "
"In total, 75 children of all ages are being removed from their parents every week before being handed over to new families."
"Some of these may have been willingly given up for adoption, but critics of the Government's policy are convinced that the vast majority are taken by force. "
"Time and again, the mothers say they are innocent of any wrongdoing. "
"Of course, there are people who are not fit to be parents and it is the duty of any responsible State to protect their children. "
"But over the five years since I began investigating the scandal of forced adoptions, I have found a deeply secretive system which is too often biased against basically decent families. "
"I have been told of routine dishonesty by social workers and questionable evidence given by doctors which has wrongly condemned mothers. "
"Meanwhile, millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has been given to councils to encourage them to meet high Government targets on child adoptions. "