Story: Adoption

Decline of adoption (1st of 2)

Decline of adoption

In the early 1960s the number of unmarried mothers who kept their children started to rise. This meant that homes which catered for unmarried mothers were increasingly underused. The Alexandra Home for Unmarried Mothers in Wellington reopened in a new building on a new site in 1974, but by this time its services were no longer in demand. Matron P. Dowling sits in the home's empty lounge.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1974/1642/27

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Anne Else, 'Adoption - Adoption and single mothers – 1960s and 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

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