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A Child for Keeps

The History of Adoption in England, 1918–45

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jenny Keating
    Pages 1-10
  3. Jenny Keating
    Pages 39-66
  4. Jenny Keating
    Pages 67-93
  5. Jenny Keating
    Pages 94-116
  6. Jenny Keating
    Pages 144-174
  7. Jenny Keating
    Pages 175-194
  8. Jenny Keating
    Pages 195-212
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 213-276

About this book


The history of adoption from 1918-1945, detailing the rise of adoption, the growth of adoption societies and considering the increasing emphasis on secrecy in adoption. Analyses adoption law from legalization in 1926, to regulation and reform in the 1930s, with regulations finally being enforced in 1943 amid concern about casual wartime adoptions.


adoption bibliography England growth history history of literature law reform society

About the authors

JENNY KEATING has degrees from Sussex University, UK, and Monash University, Australia. She has been a museum curator, teacher, advice worker and journalist, and while living in Australia, worked as a commissioned historian. Since returning to the UK, she has completed a DPhil and is currently researching the history of history-teaching in schools.

Bibliographic information


'In writing the first monograph on the history of adoption in England, Keating has opened up a significant new aspect of our understanding of family life in the 20th century for further research' - Reviews in History