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Adoption agencies, orphanages, and maternity homes: An historical directory Unknown Binding – January 1, 1981


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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Phileas Deigh Corp (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960420037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960420032
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,050,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In 1973 I began work at the Adoptees Liberty Movement Association (later the Alma Society) in New York City. In 1978 I published The Reg Niles Searchbook for Adult Adoptees. The 2nd edition will appear in January 2013. The number of pages will increase from 99 to 939!

In 1982 I published Adoption Agencies, Orphanages and Maternity Homes: An Historical Directory. Triadoption requested permission to post it on the Internet and I said Yes.

I am the founder of the Adoption Bibliography Center, with this mailing address (current to 2012): POB 20758, New York NY 10075.

My e-mail address is: RegNMINiles@cs.com

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Susan Foglesong on April 12, 2000
Format: Unknown Binding
I have owned this book for over 15 years. I was active in adoption reform for 13 years and assisted in writing legislation to improve adoptee rights.
Nile's book was one of the most concise, accurate and informative books I found in those 13 years. Many times I needed the background of the maternity homem or orphanage. This was an almost imposible task. Adoption Agencies provide a wealth of information about themselves, but little about the maternity home the birthmothers stayed in.
It is imperitative to an adopttee to know something about the surroundings of their mother during her regnancy. This is the only time the two shared, and it is the only link they have when they start to question their heritage. Understanding how a maternity home was run gives them insight to the mindframe of their mother.
The most outstanding thing about this book is that adoption researchers find that it lists homes that were almost unheard of. Some of these homes were private and there are even actual names of mothers who placed their children for adoption.
When I got the book it was already out of print and I had to order it from Mr. Niles himself. It was one of the most meaningful books I bought in my career of adoption reform.
Anyone interested in adoption history and orphanages will find it well worth the trouble and time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Foglesong on April 12, 2000
Format: Unknown Binding
I have owned this book for over 15 years. I was in adoption reform for 13 years and assisted in writing legislation to improve adoptee rights.
Nile's book was one of the most concise, accurate and informative books I found in those 13 years. Many times I needed the background of the maternity home or orphanage. This was an almost impossible task. Adoption Agencies provided a wealth of information about themselves, but little about the maternity home the birthmothers stayed in.
It is imperitative to an adoptee to know something about the surroundings of their mother during her pregnancy. This is the only time the two shared, and it is the only link they have when they start to question their heritage. Understanding how a maternity home was run gives them insight to the mindframe of their mother.
The most outstanding thing about this book as that adoption researchers find that it lists homes that were almost unheard of. Some of these homes were private and there are even actual names of mothers who placed their children for adoption.
When I got the book it was already out of print and I had to order it from Mr. Niles himself. It was one of the most meaningful books I bought in my career of adoption reform.
Anyone interested in adoption history and orphanages will find it well worth the trouble and time.
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