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

Gill Rossini

Date Published :
February 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
8-page plate section
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781593950

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 224
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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 organizations 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 fueled 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.

About The Author

Gill Rossini has been passionate about history since childhood, after spending holidays with her parents visiting the ancient churches and monuments of Britain. In 2018 she celebrates thirty years in the post-18 education sector, teaching social, family and women’s history. Her previous books, 'A History of Adoption in England and Wales, 1850-1961', and 'Same Sex Love: A History and Research Guide' are published by Pen and Sword Ltd. Gill is a proud Lancastrian and equally proud to be married to her very own Woman of Liverpool.


"Emotional stories are told through contemporary accounts. There is a comprehensive guide to resources available for researching adoption together with a bibliography and glossary of terms."

- Bristol and Avon Family History Society

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