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The politics of good intentions and what I’ve learned from Romania’s ‘orphans’

Mariela Neagu


A history of child protection (yet to be written) would reveal a history of good intentions that often led to abuse, lost childhoods and struggling adults. The children sent to Australia and Canada after the First World War until the late 1960s or placed into adoption against their mothers’ will (as in Philomena’s story) are such examples.

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