It’s been rainy and cold lately, and having nothing to do (or want to do), I’ve gone to The Adoption History Project website to read. Here are a few short articles I’ve read recently that you may find interesting.
The adoptee was seen as maladjusted for wanting to know about their family of birth. The Case of Michael B, 1965
Theory on the two types of adoptive parents. Excerpt from H. David Kirk, Shared Fate: A Theory of Adoption and Mental Health, 1964
We all know that laws change over time, what the original intent was may be different from what it turns out to be after multiple revisions. That is the case with the original birth certificate. This is from when amended birth certificates were brand new, and speaks to the intent behind sealing the original, and from whom. “As this 1949 excerpt makes clear, the U.S. Children’s Bureau considered it “very important that the child’s original birth certificates be identified so that his complete birth record will be available to him when needed.” U.S. Children’s Bureau, “The Confidential Nature of Birth Records,” 1949
Despite the ongoing myth that back in the day, adopting parents didn’t have to go through a homestudy like they do today, they did. The link takes you to *some* of the 29 questions asked and how to answer properly so you’d be approved. And it answers that ongoing question about why they ask about your sex life, at least back then. Rael Jean Isaac, “What the Agency Looks For,” 1965
Article on additional needs of the Home Study for matching children from another country and/or race to adopting parents. They recognised that race and culture were important. “5. Nationality and racial make-up and attitudes of community.” In addition the attitudes of family and friends about international adoption is noted in another. International Social Service Memo, “Home Study Material for Intercountry Adoption Applications,” 1957
What’s up with you?