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November 11, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(20):1829. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800450051025

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To the Editor:—  May I express to you my deep appreciation of the editorial on illegitimacy in the United States, which appeared in The Journal September 30, page 1329.We in New Jersey are engaged in the administration of a law which became operative Jan. 1, 1939, for a better control of the adoption situation, especially in relation to good social practice.Previous to Jan. 1, 1939, adoption practice was most informal, easily commercialized and with no guaranty whatever that the child, the child's mother and the adopting parents were protected in any way.No longer may individuals place children for adoption without subsequent review, on order of the court, of all the factors involved; this department and incorporated social agencies, qualified to serve children, are the instrumentalities to be used by the court in the necessary investigations which shall insure to the three parties concerned that their best interests

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