By J. Keating

A baby for Keeps? considers the historical past to the expansion in approval for adoption in Britain within the early 20th century and analyzes the crusade for adoption laws. It discusses the wholesale progress of unregulated adoption after the 1st legislations used to be handed and the slow strain for safeguards and secrecy in adoption.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Child for Keeps: The History of Adoption in England, 1918-45 PDF

Similar children's studies books

Right to Learn: Educational Strategies for Socially Excluded Youth in Europe

Proof has proven that folks leaving institution with out skills are 4 instances prone to be unemployed than people with skills. fighting and combatting unemployment hence calls for lively measures either within the labour marketplace and within the associations chargeable for getting ready the longer term crew - academic associations.

The Future of Children, Fall 2005: Marriage and Child Well-Being (The Future of Children)

This moment quantity of the way forward for young ones examines relations formation and baby health, with a specific specialize in marriage. The authors examine the heritage of marriage in the United States, the alterations in kinfolk formation and the impact of those alterations on fiscal and social results for kids, and the impression of marriage coverage on particular subgroups comparable to low-income, minority, and gay households.

The Child's Journey Through Care: Placement Stability, Care Planning, and Achieving Permanency

This ebook makes a speciality of kid's trips in the course of the care method, from voluntary admission into care, via complex and infrequently lengthy courtroom complaints, in pursuit of Care or liberating Orders. difficulties that come up from taking situations throughout the courts are tested, including tensions which may come up among judicial and social paintings decision-making.

Child Psychotherapy: Integrating Developmental Theory into Clinical Practice

All too usually childrens are clinically determined and medicated with no the glory that their indicators may very well be a fit reaction to demanding existence occasions. This integrative consultant for psychological healthiness practitioners who paintings with young children underscores the significance of contemplating the etiology of a kid's indicators inside of a developmental framework prior to creating a analysis.

Extra resources for A Child for Keeps: The History of Adoption in England, 1918-45

Example text

The booklet the Council compiled showed feelings of humiliation which persisted even into the 1980s. One correspondent wrote, ‘I am so ashamed of being illegitimate myself – I am in my sixties now – that I have never had any kind of social life, or friends ever at all, in case it should be revealed by chance’. 99 Writing for The Clarion in 1913 about the pregnant girlfriend of a convicted murderer who had been refused permission by the Home Secretary to marry her as he awaited execution, the young feminist and free-thinker Rebecca West said that ‘an unmarried mother is the most outcast thing on earth.

This was incorporated into the Children Act 1908, which took the age of supervision for children kept for hire or reward to seven, and prohibited life insurance for children (a controversial issue). Adoption at this time was often seen as either a synonym for baby farming or as akin to fostering, a form of social service for children from very difficult backgrounds, carried out by the rescue societies61 and the Poor Law Guardians (see below). 62 The Earl ended his speech proposing the bill with a suggestion ‘that there are a large number of people in this country who are very desirous to obtain children, having no children of their own, and who would be glad to adopt children if only they felt they had a legal claim upon them when they had adopted them’.

Now the state was beginning to intervene. 64 Further legislation was pushed through by the NSPCC in 1894, making the penalties for ill-treatment more severe and empowering the police to remove suspected victims of child cruelty from their homes without a court order. Further child protection measures followed throughout the 1890s and they were incorporated in the Children Act 1908, which extended the law to cover not just ‘wilful’ cruelty to children but also that arising from negligence. Legal adoption began during this period, in the sense of the assumption of parental rights by the Poor Law Guardians to give them more powers to direct the fate of the children in their care.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.15 of 5 – based on 5 votes