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The traffic in babies : cross-border adoption and baby-selling between the United States and Canada, 1930-1972

Author: Karen Andrea Balcom
Publisher: Toronto [Ontario] : University of Toronto Press, Ottawa, Ontario : Canadian Electronic Library, [2011] 2015. ©2011
Series: Studies in gender and history.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between 1930 and the mid-1970s, several thousand Canadian-born children were adopted by families in the United States. At times, adopting across the border was a strategy used to deliberately avoid professional oversight and take advantage of varying levels of regulation across states and provinces. The Traffic in Babies traces the efforts of Canadian and American child welfare leaders - with intermittent support
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Cas, Études de
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Andrea Balcom
ISBN: 9781442621145 1442621141
OCLC Number: 906190105
Awards: Winner of Albert B. Corey Prize awarded by the American Historical Association/Canadian Historical Association 2012 (Canada)
Winner of Bowling Green Book Prize in International or Comparative Policy History 2012 (United States)
Winner of 2013/13 Donald Shepherd Humanities Book Prize 2014 (Canada)
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 356 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations, maps, portraits.
Contents: Introduction: Babies Across Borders --
Charlotte Whitton and Border-Crossings in the 1930s --
Border-Crossing Responses to the Ideal Maternity Home, 1945-1947 --
The Alberta Babies-for-Export Scandal, 1947-1949 --
Cross-Border Placements for Catholic Children From Quebec, 1945-1960 --
Criminal Law and Baby Black Markets, 1954-1964 --
Controlling Cross Border Adoption, 1950-1972 --
Conclusion: A "No Man's Land" of Jurisdiction.
Series Title: Studies in gender and history.
Responsibility: Karen A. Balcom.
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