Tag Archives: recommended reading

[Themes] Index

I’ve been pondering for some time about how to link so many of the wonderfully written blog posts I come across that share similar themes. I’ve come to the conclusion that the best way to make it easy on both myself for adding the linking, and you, my avid reader, for finding these themed posts, is to make a separate post for each theme. These posts will reside under the highly inventive category of ‘themes’, and this initial explanatory post will serve as the index to the where the rest of the pages live, being updated to include new posts/links as added.

What people really think about:
~ ADOPTEES (last updated xx XXX, xxxx)
~ BMOMS (last updated 23 Feb, 2013)

People think adoptees …
~ should be GRATEFUL (last updated xx XXX, xxxx)

~ should not SEARCH (last updated xx XXX, xxxx)

What type of adoption?

~ Open adoptions (last updated xx XXX, xxxx)
~ Open closing (last updated 23 Feb, 2013)
~ Closed adoptions (last updated xx XXX, xxxx)
~ Closed opening (last updated xx XXX, xxxx)


~ Does DNA matter? (last updated xx XXX, xxxx)

Stay tuned for further exciting thematic links. :p

The history of adoption in the UK

Front cover, featuring a child holding a parasol.

Review of …
A Child for Keeps: the History of Adoption in England, 1918-45
by Jenny Keating {Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, ISBN: 9780230517882; 288pp.; Price: £50.00}
from Dr Daniel Grey {St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham}

Child adoption had no legal status in Britain (including under the separate legal system of Scotland) until 1926, when the first Act was passed which regulated this in England and Wales. Until then, child adoption was an informal and generally secretive procedure which gave the adoptive parents no rights whatsoever: a biological parent could (and in some cases, did) appear at any time and demand custody of a child they had neither seen nor contributed to the care of for years at a time.

I have read some of this book in use for a university assignment, and it is VERY well written. Were it not so expensive, it would certainly be on my wishlist.

Struggle for Identity: Issues Underlying the Enactment of the 1926 Adoption of Children Act
by Jenny Keating
University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History, 3 (2001)

Until the 1920s, adoption in England was an informal arrangement. Eighteenth and nineteenth century novels frequently feature stories of orphans, benefactors and guardians1 but in fact, apart from rare wardship and guardianship proceedings which only the rich could afford, the only adopted children with any legal status prior to 1926 were those placed for adoption under the 1899 Poor Law Act by the Boards of Guardians. Other children living as family with people who were not their parents remained the legal responsibility of their natural parents. Only after the First World War did a demand arise for a legal system of adoption, fuelled by the growth of independent adoption societies and by continuing concern about ‘baby farming’. This article looks at the campaign in some detail and discusses differences in attitude among the protagonists over issues such as secrecy.

Another well written article. Reading as an adoptee currently engaged in a fight to over-throw some aspects of contemporary adoption, it is disturbing to see that even back then, it was the baby-brokers that pushed for all things traumatising to the adoptee, so that the adopters could “be protected”.

Recommended Reading

Potentially, some most important posts on this site will be those posted using the “recommended reading” tag, since it’s that which will be used to aim people at stuff (since no-one cares what us adoptees actually say for ourselves).

Yup, already can’t think of much in the way of introductory stuff, so on with the reading lists.


Adoption and Loss: The Hidden Grief
Evelyn Burns Robinson
@ http://www.adoptioncrossroads.org/Adoption&Loss.html (dead link, but review available @ http://www.ccnm-mothers.ca/English/articles/Robinson.htm )

Adoption Healing… the path to recovery for mothers who lost children to adoption
Joe Soll
@ https://www.adoptionhealing.com/Moms/

Adoption: Uncharted Waters
David Kirschner
@ http://www.adoptionunchartedwaters.com/

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self
David Brodzinsky
@ http://library.adoption.com/articles/being-adopted-the-lifelong-search-for-self.html

Coming Home to Self: The Adopted Child Grows Up
Nancy Verrier
@ http://nancyverrier.com/coming-home-to-self/

Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness
Betty Jean Lifton
@ http://www.plumsite.com/bjlifton/

Lost and Found: the Adoption Experience
Betty Jean Lifton
@ http://www.plumsite.com/bjlifton/

The Adopted break Silence
Jean Paton
@ http://www.uoregon.edu/~adoption/archive/PatonTABS.htm

The Girls Who Went Away
Ann Fessler
@ http://www.thegirlswhowentaway.com/

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child
Nancy Verrier
@ http://nancyverrier.com/the-primal-wound/

Without a map
Meredith Hall
@ http://meredithhall.org/


Adoptees in Reunion: The Psychological Integration of Adoption, Motivations for Reunion, and the Reunion Relationship
Susan Rogers
@ http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/aja/article/view/1447/1776