A Legal History of Adoption in Ontario. 1921-2015

A Legal History of Adoption in Ontario. 1921-2015

by Lori Chambers (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487523305
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Series: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lori Chambers is a professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at Lakehead University.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: “Such a Program of Legislation”: Illegitimacy and Law Reform

Chapter Two: “Doubtful of her Veracity”: Procedures and Judgment under the Children of Unmarried Parents Act

Chapter Three: “I did not bring this child into the world BY MYSELF”: Stories of Pregnancy

Chapter Four: “Best for Our Babies”: The Adoption Mandate

Chapter Five: “Haunted by Bills”: Lone Motherhood and Poverty

Chapter Six: “Known as MRS. S”: Cohabitation and the Children of Unmarried Parents Act



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Cynthia Comacchio

"With her usual scholarly rigour, Lori Chambers untangles the interwoven relations of the law, society and the state concerning adoption in Ontario. She brings clarity to a subject not infrequently paradoxical, even as a social construct: adoption, she demonstrates, was not always "in the best interests" of the children at its centre despite the laws developed exactly to that end." 

Joan I. Sangster

"Lori Chambers's excellent study of adoption law situates key Canadian legal cases in their social and political context, illuminating with immense clarity and insight the changing assumptions shaping the experiences of adoptive and adopting parents, children, and families over the twentieth century. Her acute analysis of adoption law exposes the conflicts, contradictions, pain, and well-meaning intentions that shaped the experience of adoption, with particular attention to the inequalities and power imbalances created by gender, race, class, and colonialism. Chambers's study will remain the definitive look at adoption law for years to come."

Robert Leckey

"With her customary subtlety, alertness to multiple perspectives, and critical scrutiny of received wisdom, Lori Chambers tackles the complexities of an institution that has aided many families while intensifying hierarchies of gender, race, and class."

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