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 later in the 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 clothes-line 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 17 July 2018)

Story by Anne Else, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Jan 2018, updated 1 May 2017