Story: Adoption

Identity search

Until 1985, when adoption laws were changed, it was very difficult for adopted people to find out who their birth parents were. Wellington woman Annabeth Kew, who was raised by adoptive parents, tried to track her birth parents down in the 1970s. Her quest for information was recorded in the 1978 documentary Why am I me?

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Anne Else, 'Adoption - From secrecy to openness', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

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