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Registering a birth before adoption

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Florence61 Report 23 Nov 2021 22:47

If say a woman of 17 in the early 1916 had a child out of wedlock and then was made to give the child up for adoption, would the child when born been registered in the mothers name before being adopted? or would the child have been taken immediately and the adoptive parents registered the child?

Florence in the hebrides


KathleenBell Report 24 Nov 2021 00:28

By rights it should have been registered by the mother in her own name but it really depends on the circumstances at the time. The mother might have made an agreement with the people adopting the child and just handed the child over. If anyone in authority was involved they might have insisted that the baby was registered by the mother. Since formal adoption didn't start until 1927 the child could have just been given to a family member or a neighbour to bring up. I don't think there is any way of knowing.

Kath. x


Florence61 Report 24 Nov 2021 19:32

Ok Kathleen, thanks for your info

Florence in the hebrides