Hostages of time

Hostages of time

Policy, practice and experiences of relinquishment for adoption by unmarried mothers in the Netherlands between 1956 and 1984 (full text only available in Dutch)

Summary

This is an exploratory research into the effects of Dutch relinquishing practices and the lessons to be drawn from these for today. This report is the final outcome of this exploratory research. This study focuses on the period between 1956, the year when the Adoption Act was introduced, and 1984, the year when abortion was legalised under the Termination of Pregnancy Act. The aim of this research is to assess the nature, extent and experiences of relinquishment for adoption during this period, and to what extent women who put their child up for adoption – women who also often happened to be unmarried – did so under any form of social or religious pressure through formal or informal enforcement, persuasion or pressure.

Publication data

Author(s):
Kok, J., Boomen, N. van der, Dane, J., Hilevych, Y., Hoedemaeckers, J., Walhout, E.
Organization(s):
Radboud University - Radboud group for historical demography and family history, WODC
Place of publication:
Nijmegen
Publisher:
Radboud University - Radboud group for historical demography and family history
Year of publication:
2017
ISBN:
978-94-92380-40-1

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Address:
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Phone:
024 361 61 61
Website:
http://www.ru.nl/historicaldemography/