I’m at the annual conference of the Australia/New Zealand Law and History Conference in Melbourne.
I heard an outstanding paper yesterday by Senior Lecturer in Law Thalia Anthony about how Aboriginal parents were duped/forced into “consenting” to adopting their children.
Australia has faced up to these kinds of tactics in recent years and talk about the “stolen generation.”
In the United States, Congress addressed similar issues for American Indians when it enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978. The Act has provisions on how Indian parents can give informed consent to adoptions.