In the decades after World War II, there was a huge demand for “adoptable” babies.
If the demand for adoptable babies continues to exceed the supply . . . if the laws and courts continue to emphasize that the “rights of the child” supersede the “rights of the parents”, then it is quite possible that, in the near future, unwed mothers will be “punished” by having their children taken from them right after birth. A policy like this would not be executed nor labelled explicitly as “punishment”. Rather, it would be implemented by such pressures and labels as “scientific findings”, “the best interest of the child” and “rehabilitation of the unwed mother”.
~ The Baby Scoop Era
Once unwed mothers in the United States began to chose to keep their children, international adoptions became all the rage. Without strong familial support, it was generally not possible for a single mother to really support herself and her child because the self-reliant tradition in the United States does not believe in financially supporting such mothers. I was such a single mother after divorce who was not supported by my child’s father.
Back in the 1970s, growing up, I knew a girl who kept her child but mostly it was the grandmother who raised it. Even more recently in the early 2000s, I know of a similar case.
But in my own family, where both of my parents were adopted, there was no familial support for their daughters keeping a child if they were not married. Adoption was suggested as the solution. The results speak for themselves.