Story: Adoption

Unsupported single parents

Gone up north for a while is a television film made in 1972 about the experiences of a young unmarried woman who decides, against the advice of social welfare officers and her family, to keep her baby. At this time sole parents received very little state support. This excerpt shows the unsympathetic treatment she received from her landlord and welfare officer.

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Reference: Gone up north for a while. National Film Unit, 1972

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How to cite this page:

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