Some adoption history…

11 Jun

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?



Posted by on June 11, 2016 in Adoption, adoptive parents


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12 responses to “Some adoption history…

  1. L4R

    June 11, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    You’re my go to for adoption history.

    Liked by 1 person

    • TAO

      June 11, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      🙂 probably cuz I like to read strange stuff…


  2. ginny09

    June 11, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    where is this Adoption History project site? Haven’t heard of it…


    • TAO

      June 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Any of the links will take you to it. It’s part of the University of Oregon.


      • ginny09

        June 11, 2016 at 9:40 pm

        A link at the U of Oregon?
        I was talking to a neighbor women the other day, 75 ish, who never married, but shared the fact her older sister had a son out of wedlock and surrendered him for adoption. The older sister (never married) recently died, and this women now wants to find “her nephew.” It really doesn’t make any difference how many years pass….adoption is an abusive act to all in the family.


  3. pj

    June 11, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks, Tao. Never heard of AHP but love reading about this kind of stuff. Need to up my Googling skills… Never ceases to amaze me how little there is out there…maybe contributes to why feel like live in some sort of alternate universe !

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nara

    June 12, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    FWIW, I wanted to comment on your last post but comments were turned off. Just wanted to say I stand with you as an adoptee – and thank you for always promoting adoptee voices when some of us struggle to be heard.


    • TAO

      June 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you Nara…


    • TAO

      June 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Oh, and Nara – you are finding your voice…


  5. pj

    June 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Just read “What The Agency Looks For” and feels surreal to me. Again, how I wish a mom was still here so I could get her thoughts. Dad is having trouble remembering…


    • TAO

      June 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Surreal is a good word for it.



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