‘Brown babies’ relinquished
Experiences of children’shomes
in Britain’s ‘brown babies’
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Chapter 3 examines the various children’s homes that the children were sent to. A number of private homes were set up specifically to house ‘brown babies’, but for various reasons these did not last long. The African Churches Mission in Liverpool took in as many as it could, but it was closed for health and political reasons. One Somerset nursery, Holnicote House, attempted to find adopters for the children, including sending them to the US, but this was largely unsuccessful. Children were also sent to other local authority homes as well as to Dr Barnardo’s and the Waifs and Strays/Church of England Children’s Society homes. The very mixed experiences of those who were put in such homes is presented, from great kindness at the Somerset nursery through to sadistic beatings at a Church of England Children’s Society home.


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