Adoption, fostering and attempts to send the babies to the US
in Britain’s ‘brown babies’
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Chapter 4 explores fostering and adoption stories. Some fostering placements were a success while others were a disaster. Very few of the ‘brown babies’ were ever adopted; the reasons for this are examined, and the claim that few white British people wanted to adopt such children is questioned. Out of the forty-five war babies, only three were adopted by non-family: Ann, Deborah and Janet J. Their experiences are considered, as too is that of Leon L, the only one of the forty-five to be adopted by his US father. There were attempts to have the children adopted in the US, especially by Somerset County Council, and there was a definite demand for such children from African Americans, but these attempts were blocked by the British government, save for a short period of time.

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