Story: Adoption

Visiting a recently adopted baby

Visiting a recently adopted baby

In this government publicity photo, a male social worker visits a baby girl and her adoptive mother at home in the early 1970s. Male child-welfare workers were relatively rare until the late 20th century. This photo contains all the supposed elements of a happy family: a beautifully dressed child and mother, with clean washing drying on the rotary clothesline behind.

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Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAQT 6401/A97,166

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Anne Else, 'Adoption - Adoption in the 21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Anne Else, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 Apr 2018