Secrets and lies
Searching for mothers and fathers
in Britain’s ‘brown babies’
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Chapter 5 presents accounts of searching for and sometimes finding mothers and fathers. Those who had been in children’s homes did not know about either parent. The chapter opens with accounts of looking for mothers, who were not always welcoming. It then moves to the difficulties of finding fathers. Most of the ‘brown babies’ knew very little about their fathers, not least because they had been given little information and sometimes misinformation. Stories of the joy of finding fathers, or at least finding US relatives, the father having died, demonstrate movingly the huge importance of having a sense of one’s heritage. This gaping hole in their history of origin still remains for a few who have been unsuccessful in their search.


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