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ADOPTION   75

Records of adoption are to be kept in the office of the Registrar General, who is the Registrar of Vital Statistics.

The bill when first introduced did not receive the same measure of support or excite the same interest as the Act for the protection of illegitimate children, but during its progress through the House, and upon its object being more clearly understood, it received a large measure of commendation from persons who had been observing, not without anxiety, the extent to which what may be termed the emotional balance of society had been upset by the Great War. The Act has been taken advantage of already to a very gratifying extent. It has given a name and a home to the adopted illegitimate child, who may, of course, be adopted by its own father or mother. It has enabled child-less persons to find an outlet for some of the best instincts of human nature in the loving care and training of children, and it assists very materially the work of placing out neglected or dependent children, who would otherwise be sent to institutions, where they could not possibly have the home life with


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