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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:00 PM

60. Most adopted children were not unwanted by their bio family

I was adopted during the Baby Scoop Era (read error) when women didn't have a choice and were literally forced to give their children away. Poverty and horrible social standards that treated women as second class citizens.

What was the “Baby Scoop Era”?

The Baby Scoop Era was a period in United States history starting after the end of World War II and ending in approximately 1972, characterized by an increased rate of premarital pregnancies over the preceding period, along with a higher rate of newborn adoption. From approximately 1940 to 1970, it is estimated that up to 4 million mothers in the United States surrendered newborn babies to adoption; 2 million during the 1960s alone. Annual numbers for non-relative adoptions increased from an estimated 33,800 in 1951 to a peak of 89,200 in 1970, then quickly declined to an estimated 47,700 in 1975 (This does not include the number of infants adopted and raised by relatives. In contrast, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that only 14,000 infants were “voluntarily” surrendered in 2003.

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http://babyscoopera.com/home/what-was-the-baby-scoop-era/




Today its mostly poverty and tremendous power by the adoption industry to keep truths hidden and lies in abundance that tell women with an unplanned pregnancy that adoption is "a loving choice where the child will do better" with complete strangers.

The truth is that in even the best circumstances, with the most wonderful adoptive parents in the world, relinquishment & closed adoption causes the newborn harm that stays with them the rest of their lives. Newborns are not blank slates. We spent 9 months listening to our mothers heartbeat, her voice. Studies have shown that newborns can pick out their own mothers by smell. To take away someones history and story is cruel. I loved my adoptive parents, but their ancestors are not mine--not matter what lies the adoption industry tells adoptive parents.

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