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The History of Open Adoption
By Louann Carroll   
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Last edited: Friday, March 14, 2008
Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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Until the 19th century almost all adoptions were handled informally. If a young woman was pregnant and wanted to place her child, she did, with whomever she wanted.

Usually it was done with the advice and consent of her parents, and generally, the child was placed with a family member or someone from her local town. There were no agencies, counselors, attorneys, or facilitators. No legal papers were ever filed, the government didn’t get involved, and no one but the birth mother and her parents were ever consulted as to the welfare of the child.

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Reviewed by Charlie 12/11/2007
Man! I have a sister who's worked as an adoption agent for the past few years. You would not believe the amount of paper work and expence! It's astounding. Working with other governments-- creeds. And the things that go on: corrupted diplomats insisting on bribes or papers don't move for years at a time-- You would not believe. And it's so heart-wrenching-- these children that sit in limbo while politicians who don't know them at all argue over sintax and taxes, lining their pockets with well-worn time, and money. Money for the document translators, money for the care-takers, money for the agents, for the agencies, power of atorney even sometimes signed away, while you wait... Sometimes the children die waiting in orphanages far away. A travesty! Back to the other days, please! There's got to be some way of stopping the trafficking of children. Great article in few words. I'm saving it. --Charlie
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/13/2007
Interesting article; well done!

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