➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway NJ:
Ireland: ‘Sold to the highest bidder’ – how Ireland’s institutions allowed Americans to adopt Irish children in the 1950s
thejournal.ie – January 09, 2017
The dubious nature of the process surrounding the adoption of Irish children by American citizens in the 1950s has come to light with the publication of foreign policy papers dating from that decade. The documents, which range from summaries of meetings to communiqués between civil servants to briefing notes for ministers, show a bureaucratic system that was entirely hands off and saw the adoption of Irish children born outside of marriage by foreign citizens as a fundamental ‘good’.