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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 06:01 PM

81. Right, the numbers declined in the 1980's


Brozinsky (1994, p. 297) speaks of the decline in newborn adoptions as reflecting a freedom of choice embraced by youth and the women’s movement of the 1960s-1970s, resulting in an increase in the number of unmarried mothers who kept their babies as opposed to surrendering them. “In 1970, approximately 80% of the infants born to single mothers were placed for adoption, whereas by 1983 that figure had dropped to only 4%.”

In contrast to numbers in the 1960s and 1970s, from 1989 to 1995 less than 1% of children born to never-married women were surrendered for adoption (Chandra, Abma, Maza, & Bachrach, 1999)

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


Its a really interesting site if you're interested in woman's history. This is one of the areas that gets very little attention but was very significant in our history.

As you know then that there are several large groups that adoptees tend to fall into, and those of us relinquished at birth have a very different story from those who were removed from their home due to abuse. The adoption industry attempts to convince everyone that we all share a story like yours, but most adoptions are infant adoptions and have nothing to do with abuse or being unwanted.

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