BABY FARMING OF THE 19th CENTURY
The practice of baby farming came about in late Victorian times. In this era, there was a great social stigma attached to having a child out of marriage and no adequate contraception existed. In this period of time, no child protection services or regulated adoption agencies were in existence.
A number of untrained women offered adoption and fostering services to unmarried mothers who would hand over their baby and a cash payment. The mothers hoped that this payment would find stable, happy homes for their babies. And in the case of weekly payments that they would at some time in the future be able to re-claim their child. It was, without doubt, one of the most sickening aspects of Victorian times, not only in Britain but also in its colonies as well.
Many of these fostering and adoption agencies were bona fide, but a frightening number were not. They became known as baby farms.
In this short book, best selling author, Sylvia Perrini, introduces us to some of these baby farmers.