The History of International Adoption in the US

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Date(s) - Saturday, January 20
2:00 pm

Karpeles Manuscript Library


Rachel Rains Winslow, PhD (Assistant Professor, History and Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Westmont College), will speak on the role International Adoption has played on US immigration and foreign policies. We will learn how the adoption of foreign children by US families began and how it has become an essential part of American culture in such a short period of time. Stories from a variety of private citizens and organizations will shed light on its influence upon the US wefare state, lawmaking and international humanitarianism. These include Truman’s Displaced Persons Act of 1948, the Refugee Act of 1953 and Gerald Ford’s Operation Babylift to name a few.