Adoption Matters

Following stories on social media, I have discovered how desperate so many women and men are to trace their birth mothers, and how women, who ‘gave away’ their baby in adoption, long to contact their child now they are adult. Reading their words, has made me re-consider the whole practice of, what was, if not forced, the automatic adoption of the babies of young unmarried women. It seemed the best thing to do at the time.  For all those involved, the references below might help.


General Register Office indexes are available at:

Newspapers at:

Subscription Websites include:

But is free.

For adoptions after 1926 for how to access information. a work in progress. For updates register at

The 1998 Data Protection Act gives the right to any NHS records about you. Apply via your GP.

Since November 2014, legislation should enable all relatives of adopted adults to find out about their birth family.

Although these sites are in the public domain, I’m indebted to Gill Rossi for her book A History of Adoption in England and Wales 1850-1961 for making this information readily available. The book is published by Pen & Sword Books. At £11.99 + postage. If you want to read all there is to know about adoption, I recommend you buy it.

The social media sites are on Facebook and they are: Adopted in England; Adopted in the UK; Adoption Voices and The Lost Mothers of Adoption.

Following the chat on social media has also taught me that reconciliations do not always go as expected. Sometimes the responses are hurtful. Before you begin on this journey, find someone to hold your hand along the road. Talking is always good.

To quote Gill Rossini, ‘You are strongly urged to read (below) as part of your research.’

AdoptionBook (2)

Finally, if you can, you might like to visit The Foundling Museum, London, WC1

Tel: 0207 841 3600



3 thoughts on “Adoption Matters

  1. Steph Portway says:

    Jane – I was awake well past 1am this morning finishing The Baby Box. I want to congratulate you on your book which truly moved me. We worked together in Stephen Carver’s Unthank Workshop so in a sense I was reading about something monumental that happened to someone I ‘knew’, however briefly. It was beautifully written and painfully honest. I shall be recommending it to anyone who wants to understand how our society has thankfully moved on from some of the less attractive aspects of the 1960’s.


    • janehaywardwriter says:

      Thank you Stephanie. I’ve had some amazing comments from readers. They do make the whole project worthwhile. Do recommend new readers to buy through paypal via this website if you can. How did you hear about the book?


      • Steph Portway says:

        I signed up for your blog a while ago and I’m being mentored by Steve Carver who also mentioned it.
        I’ve posted a review on Amazon which I hope does the book justice.
        I’ll look forward to reading your next book



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