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ORPHANS OF ENGLAND, 1900's
Transcript of ORPHANS OF ENGLAND, 1900's
During the Victorian Era, in England there were massive number of orphans, children suffered the most and in some cases were left to fend for themselves.
Children were not just called orphans if both their parents had passed away, but could also be titled an orphan upon the death of one parent, if they were abandoned, or forced out of their home due to overcrowding.
The life of an orphan during the Victorian Era, in England was in most cases a miserable and one filled with hardship and little joy unless you were lucky enough to be adopted into a loving family.
PICTURES OF ORPHANS!!!!!
Taken in by Family Adoption seemed to be the least promising fate for orphans.
Adoption was informal because England lacked any laws regarding this issue at this point in time. If an orphan was taken in by members of their own social class, they were typically treated with mutual respect and welcomed into the family.
However, if a child was so unfortunate as to have been adopted into a family of higher social class, this orphan received ill-treatment and inhumane punishments.
Sometimes, orphans adopted into a household of higher class were prohibited to speak to the family.
This can be easily seen in the classic Jane Eyre, as this young orphan is clearly mistreated by her aunt and cousins who adopted her after her mother passed away.
Her aunt would lock her in the “Red Room” and her cousins would ridicule her .There were no agencies, counselors, attorneys, or facilitators.
No legal papers were ever filed, the government didn't get involved, and no one but the birth mother and her parents were ever consulted as to the welfare of the child.
In the late 19th century, closed adoption was born.
The Victorian era had arrived to the detriment of our children. Children considered illegitimate were locked up and hidden away.
PICTURES OF ORPHANAGES!!!!
To end with we would like to say that children or rather orphans were treated very badly they were treated worse than servants. There were no laws at that time but there was lots of fights between the rich and the poor.