I WAS VERY touched by Anne Booth's letter in the Herald (23 August), particularly by her plea on behalf of the courageous unmarried mothers who have so bravely safeguarded their little one's lives and brought them to term.
There are two points that I feel need stressing. The first would be that great though the need is for both mother and child to be welcomed and helped by the community (parishioners), the primary responsibility lies on the child's father and grandparents. The second must be that some way needs to be found to reduce the massive £14,000 cost that the Westminster Rescue Society reports it incurs in arranging an adoption. There must be a more cost-effective method than that presently employed to find good homes for children who need them.
Mrs Downes Coulsdon, Surrey