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History of Adoption in England and Wales (1850-1961), Hardback Book

History of Adoption in England and Wales (1850-1961) Hardback


Adoption is one of the most emotive and complex subjects in social and family history.

Gill Rossini's social history of adoption between 1850 and 1961 uncovers the perspectives of all those concerned in adoption: children, birth relatives, adoptive families, and all the agencies and organisations involved.

Rossini charts the transformation of the adoption process from a chaotic informal arrangement to a legal procedure.

Set against the backdrop of the moral, cultural, and legal climate of the times, the contemporary voices of those who played a part in an adoption give real insights into this often turbulent period in their lives.

Discover how shocking stories of baby farmers and unwanted orphans fuelled the campaign for change, and hear previously untold stories. For those who wish to conduct their own research into an adoption, Rossini has compiled a comprehensive guide to resources.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages, 8-page plate section
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9781781593950



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