A national inquiry into adoption practices among unmarried mothers in the Netherlands, 1956-1984.

This project concerns a multifaceted study into adoption practices regarding the children of unmarried women in postwar the Netherlands. By extensive and in-depth research based on historical archives and oral history, a differentiated and balanced view on the wellbeing of unmarried women who gave up their child in the period 1956-1984 will be provided. The study focuses on Dutch policy regarding adoption procedures, practices throughout the country and among various denominations, and actual experiences of women and children in retrospect.

Project information

Start date: 01-10-2016
End date: 31-01-2017
PI: Jan Kok
Nynke van den Boomen
Jacques Dane
Yuliya Hilevych
Joost Hoedemaeckers
Evelien Walhout

Financing: Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum, Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie.

This project is based on extensive research carried out at the request of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.