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ILLEGITIMACY   61

regulations made under the Act. The Provincial Officer is required to obtain all the information possible concerning each case through children's aid societies, and from the Division Registrar or Deputy Registrar General, and he must take such proceedings and do all such things as are permitted or required under the law which may seem to him to be advisable in the interests of the child. He is not required to interfere in any case where a child has been adopted under The ,Idoption Oct, or where it is being cared for voluntarily by someone whom the Provincial Officer deems suitable to have charge of the child.

Any unfortunate woman who is in trouble of this sort may apply to the Provincial Officer for advice and protection and he is required to take such action as may seem to him advisable in the interests of both mother and child. He may be appointed guardian of the child, either alone or jointly with the mother. If the father cannot be found, or adequate means of support cannot be provided by the father, and the mother is dead or absent, or unable, or unfit to have the care


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