By J. Keating
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After successful fundraising: Miss Andrew was sent to London, and returned to Exeter with 120 refugees, and Exeter became the first provincial centre to receive Refugees, and the first place to provide them with homes. By the end of October, it was reported that over 800 persons had been provided for in the neighbourhood. 18 Developments in the Voluntary Sector 45 The experience of Miss Andrew’s war work led her to believe that there was a need for a form of broker between unwanted children and would-be parents.
81 One of the men Elizabeth Roberts interviewed worked for nearly forty years in a hospital, which was still a workhouse when he went there in 1924. He described the regime for unmarried mothers and their children in the 1920s. Women would be sent there by their parents when they became pregnant: The ladies came … into the workhouse and did domestic work, cleaning up and washing and they did that until such time as the baby was due and then they were moved into another section to have the baby.
Other societies appeared during the 1920s but these were the first substantial ones whose sole purpose was adoption. The NCAA was particularly influential in publicising the idea of adoption, and successful at fundraising for its activities. 14 She was born in May 1862 into a professional family in Exeter; her father Thomas was then High Bailiff of the Exeter County Court and subsequently an official at the Board of Trade, and her brothers Sidney and Henry became respectively a solicitor and surgeon.
A Child for Keeps: The History of Adoption in England, 1918-45 by J. Keating