My Adoption part 1

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My adoption took place under the Adoption of Children’s Acts 1935 to 1952. I was adopted by a couple who were unable to have children of their own due to a medical condition. My adoptive father was 28 years old a bus driver and my adoptive mother 27 years a house wife. They already had one adopted son who was 3 years my senior. The home was a housing commission house in Inala, Brisbane. They were to later adopt two more children.

I was what they classified as a 'B' grade baby. I had red hair and a slightly deformed foot which made it nearly impossible to find a home for me. Couples sought perfect babies, with blue eyes, blond, or dark hair, fair complexion, and no defects. Mixed raced babies (like my younger adopted brother and sister) were also 'B' grade babies, who went to so called 'B’ grade parents. The adoption system stipulated that if you came from poor stock, you went to poor stock. As shocking as it sounds, it is true. We were ‘reject’ babies, so if anyone just happened to want us they did not hesitate to give us away. In 1962 the screening process of adopting parents did not amount to much. Basically you just had to be married and employed, and a child would be made available to you.

 

My adoption took place under the Adoption of Children’s Acts 1935 to 1952.